Upcoming & Recent Events 

Rain Gardens 101 

Stormwater from landscapes and roadways is the number one contributor of pollutants to Puget Sound.  Bob Simmons, Water Resources Specialist with WSU Extension, presented a free 1-hour seminar on the basics of rain gardens to local residents on November 20, 2014 as an introduction to the Nov. 24-25th installation events listed above.

Upcoming MRC Meeting:

HCCC logoScott Brewer is the featured speaker at the Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) meeting on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Port of Port Townsend Commissioner’s Building, 333 Benedict Street, Port Townsend, WA.  Scott, Executive Director for the Hood Canal Coordinating Council (HCCC), will explain the HCCC's new salmon project prioritization effort (how to determine which local salmon habitat restoration/protection grant applications should be highest priority for funding). His presentation is from 6:15 – 7 pm.  The public is welcome. The HCCC works with partners, community groups and citizens to implement regional and local actions to protect and enhance Hood Canal’s environmental and economic health.

Current Projects

  • Nearshore Restoration

    Restoring natural beach functions to improve habitat for marine species.

  • Eelgrass Protection

    Preventing damage to important eelgrass beds in Port Townsend Bay and other shorelines.

  • Olympia Oyster Restoration

    Surveying, monitoring and enhancing native habitat for native oysters to understand factors that limit recovery of native populations.

  • Marine Stewardship

    Working to achieve long-term stewardship for Jefferson County marine resources by building community through citizen involvement.

  • Maynard Beach Restoration

    Partnering with North Olympic Salmon Coalition to restore of 1,800 feet of marine shoreline and creation of a pocket estuary.

Local Resources

Everyone can help protect our marine resources.  

Volunteer with a local conservation organization such as the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, North Olympic Salmon Coalition, Jefferson Land Trust or Conservation District.

Pick up pet waste (scoop the poop), especially on the beach!  

Check your car for oil leaks (stormwater flows directly into local marine waters).

Keep your septic system working properly to filter and treat septic wastewater.  

Install a rain garden. 

Oil Spills 

Report all spills!  Call:
National Response Center: 
WA Emergency Management Div:  
1-800-258-5990 -OR- 1-800-OILS-911
Want to know more about preparations for an oil spill in our community? Click here.