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.
Classes & Programs:
Watershed Stewards in Jefferson County – NEW
Starting in late September 2015, participants in the Watershed Stewards program learn about our extraordinary fresh water habitats, with a focus on watersheds, streams, salmon and more. This is another classroom and field training course paired with a 40-hour volunteer commitment. Classes are engaging, fast-paced and diverse, allowing volunteers to learn about ecological systems, fascinating natural history and what people are doing to manage and conserve these precious resources. Volunteering is an opportunity to protect and improve Puget Sound through education, community outreach, stewardship, and research.
WSU Beach Watchers; Now called WSU Beach Naturalists! ** New format and title this year!
Starting in spring 2015, participants in the Beach Naturalist program learn about our fascinating marine environment. This is a classroom and field training course paired with a 40-hour volunteer commitment. Classes 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. Visit the new Shore Stewards website, download the new updated booklet: Guide for Shoreline Living or watch the new Shore Stewards TV playlist. No volunteer commitment required. Click here to learn more.
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.
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Comprehensive water website for Washington – Water.wsu.edu
Whether you’re a homeowner, farmer, citizen scientist, or simply enjoy life-long learning, you’ll find WSU publications, training opportunities, research and programs and timely news on important water-related issues on the website. Topics covered include water quality, conservation and irrigation, landscaping, low impact development and rain gardens, noxious weeds, marine shorelines, climate change, and watershed stewardship. WSU Extension, in partnership with WSU’s world-class researchers, brings you this wealth of water related information on the many aspects of fresh and salt water in Washington state.
Create a drought-tolerant landscape this fall. This publication is hot-off-the press and filled with information you need to get started on water conservation. Plant selection and management, soils, hardscaping, efficient irrigation and more. Lots of photos!
All new WSU website to keep you up-to-date on the latest information about the drought.
WSU WEATHER STATION at Chimacum High School.
Chimacum High School campus now houses the new station which will provide state of the art weather information for the community. The new station will be part of WSU’s AgWeatherNet which provides access to current and historical weather data from Washington State University’s automated weather station network of 164 stations as well as a range of farm management decision aids. CLICK HERE to access AgWeatherNet
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.
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.
Other Watershed Resources:
Jefferson County Government Resources
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.
Jefferson County Public Health
Jefferson County Community Development
Jefferson County Public Works: Surface Water Management 360-385-9160 (Stormwater, water quality monitoring, fish habitat, watershed planning, shellfish protection, shoreline planning & management)
City of Port Townsend Public Works: Sewer, Water quality, Parks, more
Port of Port Townsend Environment Stewardship: water quality, rain gardens.
Local Non Profit Organization Partners
- Hood Canal Coordinating Council is working to advocate for and implement actions to protect and enhance Hood Canal’s environmental and economic health.
- 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.
- North Olympic Salmon Coalition is working to restore, enhance, and protect habitat of North Olympic Peninsula wild salmon stocks and to promote community volunteerism and stewardship.
- Port Townsend Marine Science Center is an educational and scientific organization devoted to understanding and conserving our marine and shoreline environment.
- 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.
- Washington Sea Grant is serving the people who manage, use and enjoy Washington’s ocean and coasts.