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

Learn more about the work of the Jefferson MRC at www.jeffersonmrc.org.

The Northwest Straits Commission is a regional coordinating body comprised of people who care about the marine areas where they live, and who work together to protect and restore marine resources.

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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September NWSC Meeting

September 30

WebEx Conference Call

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  • Member Spotlight: Linda Rhodes

  • 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: Linda Rhodes

Island MRC

Linda Rhodes, PhD, of Greenbank is a research microbiologist at the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. She has conducted research in salmon infectious disease and immunology and in aquatic toxicology around Puget Sound since the mid-1970s.

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Upcoming Events

  • Sep

    24

    2016 Whatcom Water Weeks

    Saturday-Saturday
    September 24-October 01

    Visit several businesses, non-profits and community groups celebrating water resources in this two weeks long event.

    Co-sponsored by Whatcom MRC! 

  • Sep

    30

    September NWSC Meeting

    Friday
    September 30
    10:00 AM-12:00 PM

    To join the WebEx meeting, click here. Enter your name and email address and click "Join."

    For audio conference only, dial: 1-877-668-4493 access code: 922 153 305

    WebEx Conference Call

  • Oct

    01

    Fort Townsend Planting

    Saturday
    October 01
    10:00 AM-2:00 PM

    Bring your work gloves and digging tool and help Jefferson MRC plant new plants at the Fort Townsend restoration site!

    RSVP to Cheryl Lowe at cheryl.lowe@wsu.edu.  

    Fort Townsend, Jefferson County