“Storm surge at Port Townsend waterfront.” Photo: Jeff Taylor

Storm Surge, SoundIQ, and Jefferson MRC data sharing

Coastal flooding is an increasing problem in Puget Sound. Jefferson MRC hopes to improve understanding of the combination of variables that contribute to these events ,by working with  Local 20/20(a non-profit focused on local sustainability and resiliency in East Jefferson County) to monitor a study site near the NW Maritime Center in Port Townsend. The focus is on assessing total water levels to capture the sum of parameters that contribute to coastal flooding events that are not currently assessed together in forecasts.

Jefferson MRC is collaborating with Suzanne Shull, Northwest Straits Commission's GIS Specialist. They are integrating these storm surge monitoring reports on SoundIQ, allowing users to access MRC total water level data alongside storm surge information from various sources. The use of SoundIQ's user-friendly map-based data sharing enables users to have easy accessibility to the storm surge data online. Learn more about SoundIQ | SoundIQ user guide | SoundIQ handout

Instructions to view Jefferson Storm Surge Data on SoundIQ
Jefferson MRC Storm Surge 


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The Northwest Straits Commission carries out regional conservation projects and supports the work of seven Marine Resources Committees through funding, technical support, training and regional coordination.

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April 2024 NW Straits Commission Meeting

April 26

  • Member Spotlight: Alan Clark

  • Spreading oyster shells

    Clallam MRC and the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe's Aquaculture and Natural Resources department gathered earlier this month to spread clean Pacific oyster shells in their designated Olympia oyster restoration areas in Sequim Bay. The shell will serve as a place for the native Olympia oyster seed to settle and grow.

    47 tons of bagged shells were dropped in predetermined spots suitable for oyster habitat.

    In May they will continue spreading these shells, with support from the Washington Conservation Corps, Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe Aquaculture, and Clallam MRC members.

    For more information, visit: Clallam MRC's website

  • Spring 2024 Great Islands Clean Up

    San Juan MRC and community volunteers will take part in The Spring Great Islands Clean-up on Saturday, April 20th.  

    This year they are aligning with the 2024 Earth Day theme of "Plastics vs. Planet" the event will involve activities across the San Juan Islands.

    The MRC is anticipating another productive day dedicated to preventing litter and debris from harming beaches and roadways. Over the years, participation has increased, resulting in the removal of more pounds of debris thanks to the growing number of volunteers. Learn more about the Spring Great Islands Clean-up

  • Preserve eelgrass social marketing campaign

    Whatcom MRC has launched their social marketing campaign to protect eelgrass habitat at Wildcat Cove, a popular boat launch in Larrabee State Park. The campaign focuses on boater awareness and aims to mitigate damage to the eelgrass and the marine ecosystem.

    Drawing from assessments of boat launching impacts, the campaign identifies and encourages key actions by boaters and is supported by materials that will be strategically positioned at the boat launch area and promoted on social media.   

    Learn more Eelgrass protection 

Member Spotlight: Alan Clark

Clallam MRC

The Northwest Straits Commission welcomed Alan Clark to the Initiative family in 2015, when he joined the Clallam MRC. Alan grew up near the beach in southern California where he enjoyed exploring the ocean and working in biological sciences. After moving to Washington, he met an MRC member who invited him to one of their meetings, where Alan realized how important the MRCs were in addressing local marine conservation issues.

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Upcoming Events

  • Apr


    April 2024 NW Straits Commission Meeting

    April 26
    10 AM-12 PM

    Zoom link here.

  • May


    May 2024 NW Straits Commission Meeting

    May 31
    10 AM-3 PM

    Camano Island Library - 848 N Sunrise Blvd Camano Island, WA 98282-8770

  • Jun


    June 2024 NW Straits Commission Meeting

    June 21
    10 AM-12 PM

    Virtual on Zoom