What's New at Snohomish County MRC
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.
Interview with MRC Member Brent Hackney
Snohomish MRC member Brent Hackney was interviewed for the most recent Northwest Straits Foundation newsletter. Brent shared his perspectives about recreational crabbing in Puget Sound and his work on the MRC to educate recreational crabbers about best practices and remove derelict pots from our local waters. Read the interview here.
County Council designates Port Susan as Marine Stewardship Area
The Snohomish County Council designated Port Susan as a voluntary marine stewardship area May 28, an action that will help future conservation efforts.
A marine stewardship area gives local authorities and marine users a framework for conservation of the natural, cultural, economic and scenic environments. It also promotes responsible, voluntary management by increasing community stewardship and issue awareness.
To read the press release, click here.
To learn more about the project, click here.
Ocean Health Forum
On May 14, 2014, the MRC co-hosted a forum on ocean health. The event was moderated by Snohomish County Council Chair Dave Somers. Snohomish MRC vice chair Franchesca Perez opened for presenters Dr. Terrie Klinger, Simon Geerlofs, and Betsy Peabody. More information can also be found on our ocean acidification webpage.
Ghost Pots of Puget Sound
An estimated 12,000 crab pots are lost in Puget Sound each year. Check out our new video about our work to remove these derelict pots!
Congressman Rick Larsen visits Snohomish County Restoration Sites
Snohomish County SWM Director, Debbie Terwilleger, and Staff, Kathleen Herrmann along with Brett Gaddis, led a Snohomish County tour with Congressman Rick Larsen on August 29th. The tour was also attended by Larsen’s Staff, PSP, NOAA, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Northwest Straits Commission, and Snohomish County Staff. The tour was focused on habitat restoration efforts in and near densely populated urban centers including a visit to Howarth Park, site of the Nearshore Restoration Project, and a boat trip in the Snohomish Estuary to visit Smith Island and learn about the other restoration projects in progress. The last stop of the day was to visit to the new City of Everett raingardens near 14th and Lombard that were developed in partnership with WSU Extension and Snohomish County Conservation District.
Legislature funds final push to rid Puget Sound of derelict fishing nets
The final push in a decade-long effort to clear Puget Sound of derelict fishing nets within 105 feet of the surface will get under way later this year with funding approved by the Washington State Legislature. The state budget adopted last month provides $3.5 million for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to complete the task in partnership with the Northwest Straits Foundation, which has led the net-removal effort since 2002.
Read the entire article here.