Northwest Straits Commission issues 2014 Annual Report

Click here to read our recently-issued Northwest Straits Commission 2014 Annual Report - we hope that you’ll be inspired!

We work in the northern region of Puget Sound, empowering residents to collaborate on actions that protect and restore local marine resources and we are one of the many partners to carry out the Puget Sound Partnership’s Action Agenda.

The Northwest Straits Commission leverages local stewardship and connects it to regional actions to build collective impact towards restoration.

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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Northwest Straits Commission Meeting - April

April 24

WebEx Conference Call

  • Member Spotlight: Paul Dinnel

  • Report Card Time for Port Susan MSA

    Snohomish MRC

    The Snohomish MRC worked with over 30 partners to develop a Conservation Action Plan for Port Susan that identified six key strategies for ecosystem recovery in the Marine Stewardship Area (MSA). The final plan was adopted in 2012 and the MSA was officially designated by the Snohomish County Council in 2014.

    The MRC recently issued a report card that serves to review progress made on strategies identified in the Plan, reconnect project partners and galvanize new efforts. Project partners were interviewed to document progress made towards each of the six targets: embedded invertebrates, Dungeness crab, beaches and forage fish, deltas, shorebirds, and Chinook salmon. The report card has been distributed to project partners and is available on the MRC web site:

  • Marine Debris Donated to Art Festival

    During the week of March 9-12, our Marine Debris Program Assistant and Washington Conservation Corps Veteran Crews removed 5,040 pounds of plastic, Styrofoam, and creosote-treated wood from Skagit and Island County shorelines. The treated wood was taken to a local refuse transfer station and the remaining marine debris was donated to the Anacortes Arts Festival staff for a community-based art project called "Tide Craft" in which salvaged marine debris will be used to construct artwork. The collection of debris from beaches and waterways will be on display at the August 2015 festival and will provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about its impact on the environment. Learn more about our ongoing marine debris program on our web site.

  • Innovative Stormwater Treatment System

    Jefferson MRC

    Al Cairns, Port of Port Townsend's Environmental Compliance Officer, was Jefferson MRC's guest speaker at their February meeting. Al gave an update about the Port's new biochar and stormwater project. The Port and its community partners are testing new ways to filter out zinc, copper and other pollutants from metal roofs, galvanized chain-link fencing and boat maintenance projects in their Boat Haven marina. This work will benefit local marine waters and possibly enhance effectiveness of future MRC stormwater rain garden projects. For more information about this innovative project, visit the Jefferson MRC web site.

Member Spotlight: Paul Dinnel

Skagit MRC

Dr. Dinnel is a specialist in the areas of marine ecology and toxicology, with a special interest in shellfish resources. Many of the projects that Dr. Dinnel has led have involved questions of water and sediment quality related to effluents, dredging and historical pollution.

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Upcoming Events

  • Apr


    North Chuckanut Bay Clam Survey

    April 20-April 21

    Whatcom MRC is partnering with Puget Sound Restoration Fund’s Garden of the Salish Sea Curriculum to conduct a clam survey in North Chuckanut Bay. Students and community members will have the opportunity to work with the trained volunteers to collect data on clam species diversity and abundance in the bay.

  • Apr


    Meadowdale Beach County Park - Community Meeting

    April 20
    6:30 pm-8:30 pm

    Provide input and hear about the progress to date on the Meadowdale Beach Feasibility Study that has been underway since October 2014. The focus of this study, co-sponsored by the Snohomish MRC, is to identify a solution to the human, fish, and sediment barrier at the Lund’s Gulch Creek culvert beneath the BNSF railroad. Three design alternatives will be presented along with findings of studies with opportunities to provide input.

    6002 168th Street SW, Lynnwood, WA 98037

  • Apr


    Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Workshop

    April 23

    Join the Whatcom MRC and Northwest Straits Foundation for a day-long workshop aimed at helping community members understand oil spill contingency planning, the fate and effects of oil in the marine environment, and the unique challenges posed by local geography for spill response. Click here for more information and how to register.

    Bellingham Yacht Club, Ward Room