What's New at Snohomish County MRC
Free Workshop for Marine Shoreline Landowners
Snohomish County and Camano Island residents wanting to learn how they can protect maintain and their shoreline property in Port Susan are invited to attend a free workshop. The event, hosted by the Northwest Straits Foundation and the MRC, will feature a presentation by Jim Johannessen, a coastal processes expert. A limited number of free site visits are also available. Reserve your spot today!
When: October 17th, 10am to 12:30pm Where: Lake Goodwin Community Club17323 42nd Ave NW, Stanwood, WA
Snohomish MRC Kelp Surveyors featured in Everett Herald
The Snohomish MRC spent four days in July documenting Bull kelp (Nereocytis luetkeana) in local marine waters. The Snohomish County MRC is one of four Marine Resource Committees piloting a kayak-based survey protocol developed by the Northwest Straits Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Snohomish MRC’s efforts were featured on the front page of the Everett Herald on July 30th, 2015. The MRC’s kelp team documented 14 kelp beds, including one in Edmonds approximately 15 acres in size. Data collected in these surveys will better our understanding of the health of bull kelp populations in Puget Sound.
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The Northwest Straits Commission (NWSC) has officially released Sound IQ! Sound IQ is an interactive online map delivering a wealth of nearshore data. The NWSC collaborated with several Marine Resource Committees, including Snohomish County, to make data available for viewing in a single user-friendly site. Users can explore different data layers, such as the locations of eelgrass beds, or forage fish spawning sites. Additionally, one can generate a “Beach Report” to access original data reports for a particular stretch of shoreline.
For more information on Sound IQ, visit the NWSC's website.
To access Sound IQ, click here.
Port Susan MSA Report Card
After working with over 30 partners, a conservation action plan was developed for Port Susan in 2012 that identifies six key strategies for ecosystem recovery. The MRC hired Abby Hook, with Hook-Knauer LLC, to develop the content for a report card to highlight partner progress on these six strategies. The goal is to reconnect Port Susan partners, share and demonstrate the success that is occurring across the landscape, and galvanize new efforts. To learn more about the MSA, click here.
Port Susan MSA Video
Check out our new video about the Port Susan Marine Stewardship Area (MSA)! In May 2014, the Snohomish County Council designated Port Susan as a voluntary marine stewardship area, an action that will help future conservation efforts.
Derelict Vessels Removed from Snohomish River
Snohomish County MRC staff and members worked with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to support removal of seven derelict vessels from the Snohomish River in September 2014. This partnership between Snohomish County Public Works, the Snohomish MRC, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department and DNR provided almost $400,000 in state funds to help address a pollution and habitat concern that has impacted the Snohomish River estuary for years. To learn more about the DNR Derelict Vessel Removal Program, click here.
Ghost Pots of Puget Sound
An estimated 12,000 crab pots are lost in Puget Sound each year. Check out our video about our work to remove these derelict pots!