The lovely winter sky looking out to the San Juan Islands from Chuckanut Drive. Photo: Nicole Jordan.

Happy New Year!

The New Year is upon us! We are grateful for all the work done by our Marine Resources Committees and their amazing volunteers in 2015. And we’re excited for the projects that lie ahead. The Northwest Straits Commission is launching an outreach effort on ocean acidification to help local leaders better understand the threat and what can be done to keep our waters healthy. Our Marine Resources Committees are busy with new projects as well. If your New Years’ goal is to do more for our marine waters, please visit our website for ideas of how to get involved.
     - Ginny Broadhurst, Director

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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March NWSC Meeting

March 25

WebEx Conference Call

  • Member Spotlight: Rachel Benbrook

  • Foraging for Tiny Eggs

    Island MRC

    The tiny eggs of forage fish are important indicators of the health of shoreline habitat and Island MRC’s involvement in forage fish monitoring spans more than 16 years! In the last few months, Island MRC members Dan Matlock and Ruth Richards hit the beach with groups of citizen scientists, including several trained last spring at the Commission-sponsored training workshop, to search for eggs at the newly-restored shoreline at Cornet Bay, Ala Spit on Whidbey Island, Camano Island State Park, as well as the Waterman Property site where a bulkhead removal project will be underway soon.

  • Planning for Rain in Port Townsend

    Jefferson MRC

    Jefferson MRC and their partners installed two new rain gardens in the Port Townsend area to filter stormwater, but they knew that there were more locations where the filtering is urgently needed. To focus their efforts, they recently looked for "hot spots" - drainage areas with water quality problems - to find places on publicly-owned property where a rain garden will improve water quality. They'll soon be ready to select locations for new rain gardens in 2016.

  • Alan Clark, Clallam MRC

    Clallam MRC

    The Northwest Straits Commission welcomed Alan Clark to the Initiative family in 2015, when he joined the Clallam MRC.

    Alan has a particular interest in kelp and says that, "Kelp is essential for nearshore health. A kelp forest is as intriguing as a giant redwood forest." He has been active in the kelp monitoring in Clallam County and is avid about making citizen science safe for everyone by emphasizing kayaker safety during surveys. Thank you for sharing your passion, Alan!

Member Spotlight: Rachel Benbrook

Whatcom MRC

Rachel has been working on Puget Sound recovery for over a decade in the Northwest Straits region, conducting field research, educating residents of all ages about the environment, coordinating citizen science projects, and restoring nearshore habitat.

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Upcoming Events

  • Mar


    Salish Sea Stewards - 2016

    March 15

    Applications are now being accepted for the Salish Sea Stewards 2016 volunteer training.

    Receive 40 hours of FREE classroom and field-based training taught by local and regional experts. 

    Space is limited! Classes are every Tuesday from March 15-May 17. 

    Padilla Bay Reserve, Skagit County

  • Mar


    March NWSC Meeting

    March 25
    10:00 AM-12:00 PM

    WebEx Conference Call

  • Apr


    April NWSC Meeting

    April 29
    10:00 AM-3:00 PM

    10441 Bayview Edison Road
    Mount Vernon, WA 98273

    Padilla Bay Reserve, Skagit County