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Attend a FREE Shoreline Landowner Workshop

Saturday, April 4, 2015
10:00am to 3:00pm
South Whidbey High School
5675 Maxwelton Rd, Langley, WA

At this workshop you will learn how you can protect and maintain your shoreline property and its value. Workshop topics include:

  • Coastal and beach processes
  • Erosion management
  • Armor removal and soft shore protection options
  • Enhancing property values
  • Native vegetation for slope stability & habitat

The workshop includes a 2-hour classroom presentation and a beach walk/field trip. Please bring clothing and shoes appropriate for a beach walk. 

RSVP required. Register online at:  or call the Northwest Straits Foundation at 360-733-1725 or email Heidi at



Ken Urstad chosen as the 2015 Jan Holmes Island County Coastal Volunteer of the Year 

Ken received this award at Sound Waters on February 7.  To learn more about Ken and this award, click here.



The Island County MRC welcomes 3 new members!

The MRC welcomes new members Ed Adams, Ruth Richards, and Elsa Schwartz who started their 3-year terms on January 1, 2015. Learn more about these new members and all current MRC members here.



Sound IQ website - New data layers added

Island and San Juan MRCs, Washington Coastal Atlas,  data plus state and national data!  Jefferson County data is coming.Sound IQ visual

Visit the Sound IQ data-sharing website at  Read more in our Projects section.

Island County MRC - Who We Are

Island County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) is an advisory body to county government, established in 1999 under the federal Northwest Straits Initiative. We and our MRC colleagues in six other counties of northern Puget Sound comprise the Northwest Straits Commission. Congress established the commission as a fresh approach to addressing Puget Sound’s problems by fostering bottom-up, local, innovative solutions, rather than top-down mandates.

The members of our MRC are volunteers and represent diverse interests, industries and agendas. They bring a cross-section of disciplines and experience to this work, and are joined in a single, unifying passion to do what is best for our local marine environment.

Contact Us by E-mail

Upcoming Meetings

April 7, 2015
Educational Meeting
Eelgrass Report - Gregg Ridder

September - May: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30pm, Room B-102, County Annex Bldg., Coupeville. June-August: 1st Tuesdays only, same time and location.


Cornet Bay Restoration - Results!

Cornet Bay before and after

MRC Strategic Plan and Action Plan 2010-2020Strategic Plan front cover

MRC Nearshore ReportMRC Nearshor Report



Island County MRC | Island County Dept. of Natural Resources | PO Box 5000 | Coupeville, WA 98239-5000 | main (360)679.7350