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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January NWSC Meeting

January 27

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Center

  • Member Spotlight: Judy Surber

  • 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: Judy Surber

Jefferson MRC

Watch out when you start talking to Judy Surber of the Jefferson MRC: you may find yourself lured into a surprisingly interesting conversation about shoreline planning and other wonky policy stuff. Her ability to understand and communicate land use-related issues is an incredible talent.

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Upcoming Events

  • Nov


    2016 Annual MRC Conference

    November 04-November 05

    *This event is invite only.*

    Contact Nicole Jordan at with questions.

    Northwest Maritime Center, Port Townsend

  • Nov


    Bowman Bay Celebration

    November 17
    2:30 PM-4:00 PM

    Join the Skagit County MRC and the Northwest Straits Foundation at Deception Pass State Park to celebrate the completion of the Bowman Bay nearshore restoration project.

    Decpetion Pass State Park, Skagit County

  • Dec


    December NWSC Meeting

    December 09
    10:00 AM-12:00 PM

    This meeting will be held over WebEx.

    *Conference call*