WSU Extension

Jefferson County

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Extension's Role

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Bob Simmons

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Water Quality

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Water & Natural Resources

WSU Extension Jefferson County provides a number of outreach and educational resources for those interested in water-related resources. Special programs and research-based publications offer guidance for protecting natural resources associated with streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, estuaries and marine waters.

WSU Beach Watchers:

Beach Watchers learn about and protect local watersheds and our priceless marine environment. Each year a new class of Jefferson Beach Watchers participates in a classroom and field training course followed by volunteer service. Programs are creative, educational and diverse, allowing volunteers to use their individual interests to improve, maintain and protect Puget Sound through education, community outreach, stewardship, and research.

Shore Stewards:

Residents, farmers, and businesses join Shore Stewards to learn better ways of managing their own land to protect local waters and preserve critical habitat for fish, wildlife and birds. Download the Guide to Shoreline Living, read the Shore Steward newsletters and sign up to receive announcements of upcoming programs. No volunteer commitment required.

Watershed Resources:  

WSU Extension also provides self-study resources for understanding more about your watershed.

  • The Water Discussion Courses, designed to be held in community small group settings, are organized into six weekly discussion sessions that provide basic knowledge about our water and watersheds.  Short articles encourage group members to apply personal experience and share learning. You can sign up to lead or sponsor a Water Discussion Course.
  • It’s Your Watershed – Water Matters is a downloadable document that provides information about watersheds and their functions. Educators and the general public can print out these pages for educational use in their own communities.

Other Resources:

The WSU Extension Jefferson County office also collaborates with marine resource organizations such as the Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee and WA Sea Grant, which offer a wealth of information and opportunities for local action.

Information about Low Impact Development (LID) is provided by WSU Extension’s Rain Garden Program. These innovative landscape designs help absorb rainwater and filter contaminants such as motor oils, lawn chemicals, and pet wastes. Rain Gardens are a LID technique that captures and holds rain and storm water runoff, reducing pollutants flowing into streams, lakes and Puget Sound.

Cheryl Lowe, 360.379.5610 x 230 or EMAIL

Jefferson County, Cupola House, 380 Jefferson Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368, 360-379-5610, Contact Us
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