Fort Townsend State Park beach restoration before (left) and after (right). Photo: Cheryl Lowe

Long-lost beach uncovered at Fort Townsend

Beach restoration at Fort Townsend State Park in Jefferson County is nearly complete!

Jefferson MRC worked with the Northwest Straits Foundation and Washington State Parks and brought in the local community to make this project successful.  Over 40 volunteers assisted the project by monitoring for fish use before and after the construction and providing guided beach walks to explain the changes to the beach for people and wildlife.

 For more information about the project, check out the Jefferson MRC website.

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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September NWSC Meeting

September 30

WebEx Conference Call

  • Member Spotlight: Simon Geerlofs

  • Job Opening


    The Northwest Straits Commission is seeking an Executive Director. To learn more about the work of the Commission and read the full position announcement, click here.

  • Clallam summer interns graduate!

    Clallam MRC

    Colleagues, friends, family and local residents recently gathered to celebrate the work of Clallam MRC's 2016 summer interns: Haley Gray, Anthony Creasey and Douglas Parks.

  • Snohomish beach restoration

    Snohomish MRC

    It has been a busy summer for restoration projects, as the Snohomish MRC's Nearshore Beach Restoration and Nourishment Project also nears completion! Project construction entailed moving more than 1,500 truckloads of beach sand from the upper Snohomish River dredge material storage location out to four miles of beaches between Mukilteo and Everett.

Member Spotlight: Simon Geerlofs

Snohomish MRC

Mr. Geerlofs, MRC Vice Chair, is a Marine Science and Policy Analyst for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and specializes in science and policy for management of marine resources. Mr. Geerlofs' work in Snohomish County includes research into the environmental effects of tidal energy.

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Upcoming Events

  • Sep


    Public Speaker Series: Hypoxia, snarks and phytoplankton: A story of oxygen dynamics in Bellingham Bay

    September 01
    6:00 PM-7:00 PM

    This is a FREE event.

    Speaker: Jude Apple

    More details to follow.Dr. Jude Apple, Research Coordinator with Padilla Bay NERR, Washington Department of Ecology, will provide an overview of research that has been conducted in Bellingham Bay over the past few years investigating hypoxia, nutrients and plankton community dynamics.

    Bellingham, WA

  • Sep


    Wooden Boat Festival

    September 09-September 11

    Join Jefferson MRC at this great, FREE annual event! 

    Northwest Maritime Center, Port Townsend

  • Sep


    Join Whatcom MRC!

    September 20

    Whatcom MRC is looking for a new member!

    These positions are Executive-appointed.

    Applications due in the Executive’s office by no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.