The Marine Resources Committee (MRC) is an advisory group to the Board of County Commissioners. MRC members are citizen volunteers committed to protecting and restoring marine habitats in our ecologically rich corner of the world.

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Two Americorps volunteers spreading mulch in the new rain garden. Photo by Cheryl Lowe

New Rain Garden in Uptown PT

Jefferson MRC, WSU Extension and the City of Port Townsend teamed up to install a new rain garden near Garfield and Madison Streets. 

Twelve community volunteers contributed over 70 hours and the City of Port Townsend provided equipment and site preparation work.  Two WSU Extension Water Program faculty provided advice, design, and coordination services.  The adjacent landowner is excited to be the volunteer steward for this site.  

Thank you to everyone for helping to keep our marine waters as healthy as possible!

Volunteers Needed

  • Sat. Aug 11:  Olympia Oyster Monitoring

Help the MRC monitor new test plots in Quilcene Bay for an Olympia Oyster habitat enhancement project. We’ll be out on the tideflats at low tide, gathering baseline data on seeded oyster cultch we'll be placing in the test plots.  Directions and details will be sent to those who sign up.  Contact Cheryl Lowe, Cheryl.lowe@wsu.edu if you’re interested in helping.

 

MRC Project Plans for 2018 include:
-- Expanding Olympia oyster habitat to benefit multiple marine species
-- More rain gardens to improve water quality
-- Maintaining voluntary no-anchor zones to protect shellfish and eelgrass
-- Community outreach & education programs
-- Citizen Science Monitoring (beaches, kelp & forage fish)

Photo by Cheryl Lowe