Visitors to the Wooden Boat Festival from Vancouver, WA playing poop toss! Photo: Cheryl Lowe

40th Annual Wooden Boat Festival

In the midst of the festive atmosphere at the 40th Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival this month, Jefferson MRC brought out the fun and games with an educational twist. Water quality and proper disposal of pet waste was the emphasis of their outreach booth, so hundreds of eventgoers played their "Toss the Poop" game to demonstrate the importance of getting pet waste in the trash. Whether they were tossing the "poop" beanbags, or cheering on their family and friends, everyone was part of the conversation about why it is important to put dog poop in the trash. An estimated 8,500 dogs in Jefferson County generate about 2.3 million pounds of dog poop each year that can wash into streams, ditches, or Puget Sound if not picked up.

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December NWSC Meeting

December 09

WebEx Conference Call

  • Member Spotlight: Alan Clark

  • Celebrating Fidalgo Bay

    Skagit MRC

    Skagit MRC held its 13th annual Fidalgo Bay Day in late August at the Samish Indian Nation's beautiful Fidalgo Bay Resort in Anacortes. More than 20 organizations shared informational displays and fun activities that celebrate and promote stewardship of local marine life.

    Pete Haase led 50 dedicated volunteers to make Fidalgo Bay Day a success, drawing over 350 visitors to the beach, who left feeling inspired to share what they've learned with others and to help protect the waters of Fidalgo Bay and the larger Puget Sound.

    For more information about past Fidalgo Bay Day events click here.

  • #CatchMoreCrab

    Northwest Straits Commission

    Many thanks to our social media project assistant Courtney Baxter, for getting out to the boat launches and on social media to spread the word and capture stories and photos from local crabbers who shared their photos with the hashtag #CatchMoreCrab. With the close of summer crabbing season, Courtney’s position with us ended. We appreciate Courtney’s enthusiasm and ability to hit the ground running on this project, and her knowledge of a broad range of social media platforms led us to explore strategies to help us reach new audiences.

  • Member spotlight - Traci Sanderson

    Snohomish MRC

    Traci Sanderson joined the Snohomish MRC in 2015, drawn by the desire to volunteer and use her training to do critical work in her "second hometown". Originally from Miami, Florida, she’s spent most of her life in Washington sharing her love of the ocean as a volunteer and scientist.

    Traci works with many shoreline homeowners building and expanding on citizen science efforts. "Given some training on specific things to look for and track, dedicated homeowners can be wonderful citizen scientists," Traci says. "If everyone was a good steward of their property then land and water everywhere would be much healthier." Thank you, Traci, for inspiring others to be great stewards for Puget Sound!

Member Spotlight: Alan Clark

Clallam MRC

A person might wonder how a kid from the land-locked state of Oklahoma finds his way to a career in marine biology, but Ed Bowlby was inspired early on by the work of Jacques Cousteau. One thing led to another, and he made his way to California and then traveled further north along the Pacific to work in Seattle and Alaska.

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Upcoming Events

  • Oct


    Storm Surge Workshop - Stanwood

    October 21
    4:00 PM-6:00 PM

    Join Snohomish MRC and USGS for a FREE training to learn how to collect data along the Port Susan waterfront to see how storm surge is affecting the shoreline.


    RSVP by phone at: 425-388-6414


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    Kayak Point Regional Park

  • Nov


    Public Speaker Series: Lummi Island quarry update

    November 03

    This is a FREE event.

    Speaker: Rebecca Rettmer

    More information to follow.

    Bellingham, WA

  • Nov


    2016 MRC Conference

    November 04-November 05

    Jefferson County