Water & Natural Resources
WSU Jefferson County Extension provides a number of outreach and educational resources for those interested in water-related resources. Special programs and research-based publications offer guidance for protecting natural resources associated with streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, estuaries and marine waters.
Beach Watchers learn about and protect local watersheds and our priceless marine environment. Each year a new class of Jefferson Beach Watchers participates in a classroom and field training course followed by volunteer service. Programs are creative, educational and diverse, allowing volunteers to use their individual interests to improve, maintain and protect Puget Sound through education, community outreach, stewardship, and research.
Residents, farmers, and businesses join Shore Stewards to learn better ways of managing their own land to protect local waters and preserve critical habitat for fish, wildlife and birds. Download the Guide to Shoreline Living, read the Shore Steward newsletters and sign up to receive announcements of upcoming programs. No volunteer commitment required.
This course will help you learn more about water issues confronting our communities and the actions individuals can take. It is comprised of 6 chapters you can work through yourself, or you may be inspired to form a small group where you can work through the 6 session in a discussion format. Course materials are short articles that encourage group members to apply personal experience and share learning.
Gaining popularity in the Puget Sound Region of our state, staff and volunteers design raingardens in our local area to treat storm water runoff before it enters our groundwater, freshwater and the salt water in our bay. PHOTOS from our most recent construction on Garfield Street, CLICK HERE.
Watershed Resources: CLICK on the links below…
- It’s Your Watershed – Water Matters is a downloadable document that provides information about watersheds and their functions. Educators and the general public can print out these pages for educational use in their own communities.
- The Jefferson Land Trust is a private, non-profit, grass-roots organization. Our mission is to help the community preserve open space, working lands and habitat in Jefferson County on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.
- The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is an educational and scientific organization devoted to understanding and conserving our marine and shoreline environment.
- Washington Sea Grant is serving the people who manage, use and enjoy Washington’s ocean and coasts.
- The Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee is an advisory group to the Board of County Commissioners and operates under the umbrella of the Northwest Straits Commission. The MRC members are citizen volunteers who are committed to work closely with other community members – homeowners, business owners, recreational enthusiasts, commercial and sport fishers – to reduce or stop the decline of the marine habitat in our ecologically rich corner of the world.
- Jefferson County SquareONE is a county department specializing in low impact development (LID), help you better understand the basic permitting process, and consider storm water management and habitat improvement projects completed by local property owners.
- www.seastarwasting.org is a group that has been tracking Sea Star Wasting Syndrome. Marine Research Group in UC Santa Cruz. They always need volunteers.