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.
WSU Beach Watchers: NOW Beach Naturalists! ** New format and title this year!
In spring 2015, participants in the Beach Naturalist program will learn about our priceless marine environment. In the fall, a second course will focus on watersheds, streams, salmon and more. The Beach Watcher tradition of a classroom and field training course followed by volunteer service will continue for each course. 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 sessions 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, WSU staff, working with community partners and volunteers, design and build rain gardens in our local area to treat storm water runoff before it enters our groundwater, freshwater and the salt water in our bay. For PHOTOS from our most recent collaboration/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. Their 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. 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). They will help local property owners better understand the basic permitting process, and consider storm water management and habitat improvement projects.
- www.seastarwasting.org is a group that has been tracking Sea Star Wasting Syndrome. they are a Marine Research Group in UC Santa Cruz that encourages the involvement of citizen scientists in their work.