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: Judy Surber

  • 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: Judy Surber

Jefferson MRC

Watch out when you start talking to Judy Surber of the Jefferson MRC: you may find yourself lured into a surprisingly interesting conversation about shoreline planning and other wonky policy stuff. Her ability to understand and communicate land use-related issues is an incredible talent.

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Upcoming Events

  • Sep


    2016 Whatcom Water Weeks

    September 24-October 01

    Visit several businesses, non-profits and community groups celebrating water resources in this two weeks long event.

    Co-sponsored by Whatcom MRC! 

  • Sep


    Our Marine Resources Facing Climate Change

    September 28

    Changing chemistry in our marine waters is changing the food web and the industries that depend upon it. Learn how those changes occur and what each of us can do to help reduce them. Sponsored by Clallam County Marine Resources Committee and Olympic Climate Action.

    Port Angeles Red Lion, 221 N Lincoln Street

  • Sep


    September NWSC Meeting

    September 30
    10:00 AM-12:00 PM

    WebEx Conference Call