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Washington State University Extension

Protecting our Waters

Program Contact: Bob Simmons, Regional Water Resources Specialist
(360) 379-5610 x207 •


Protecting the water quality on the Strait of Juan de Fuca is of utmost importance to the residents of Clallam County. WSU Extension has many opportunities available so our community can learn what actions can be taken to keep our waters clean.

New Rural Stormwater Solutions website!

WSU Extension and the Washington Stormwater Center are excited to announce a new suite of educational materials to help landowners manage stormwater and reduce polluted runoff in rural areas. All the materials are available on the Rural Stormwater Solutions website. There are videos, fact sheets, a white paper, demonstration sites, a glossary of terms, and in-depth resources on the website. Note: Most of the video footage was filmed in Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap counties and the bioinfiltration swale demonstration site is at Peninsula College!

WSU Stream Stewards Class

This class is over for now. This 6-week course combines classroom presentations by regional experts around the Olympic Peninsula focusing on the rivers/ streams that flow into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the environments that impact them. Registration is now open for the Spring 2021 class. The class will be held Wednesdays starting in May.

Volunteer Opportunities

You’ll be surprised how many different kinds of opportunities there are right here on the Peninsula. Whether you have a few hours, or are looking for a regular activity, there are plenty of choices. Scroll through the listings to find just the right fit for you.

Managing Pet Waste

Have you heard how many dogs are in Clallam County and how much waste they produce? Amaze your friends with this fact and more!

Rain Gardens

Washington State University and Stewardship Partners are leading a new groundbreaking campaign to install 12,000 rain gardens in the Seattle/Puget Sound Region by 2016.

Virtual Classes and Field Trips

Take a class or a field trip virtually.

Whether you’re a homeowner, farmer, citizen scientist, or simply enjoy life-long learning, here you’ll find WSU publication, training opportunities, partner information, research programs and timely news on important water-related issues.

Shore Stewards

If you live on or near the Salish Sea in western Washington state, this website is for you. The WSU Shore Stewards program provide guidelines and resources for living on or near waters of the Salish Sea regions, including Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca, Strait of Georgia, and lakes, rivers, streams, and coasts in the area.

Low Impact Development Program

The mission of the WSU Puyallup LID Research Program is to reduce the impacts of stormwater on streams, lakes, wetlands, and coastal areas through effective, research-based application of LID management principles and practices.

Clallam County Water Quality Resources

Volunteer Opportunities