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Watershed Resources

Program Contact: Bob Simmons, Olympic Region Water Resources Specialist
(360) 379.5610 x 207 •

Ever wonder where your water comes from?

What difference can you make in keeping it clean and healthy? With miles of coastline, countless rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands, water is the link that connects our communities.

Watershed Management. A watershed is a natural area of land that catches rain and snow and drains into a marsh, stream, river, lake or groundwater.

WSU Global Change & Watershed Biogeochemistry Lab Website

WSU Washington’s Water website

State of Washington Water Research Center

Washington State Stormwater LID Program

Northwest Watershed Institute

Northwest Forest Plan Intragency Regional Monitoring Program

North Olympic Salmon Coalition

Sea Star Wasting Disease

Elwha River Restoration

Zinc in Stormwater: Galvanizing Business Solutions

Washington CoastSavers


More Watershed Resources

Jefferson County Public Health

Jefferson County Community Development

Jefferson County Public Works: Surface Water Management 360-385-9160 (Stormwater, water quality monitoring, fish habitat, watershed planning, shellfish protection, shoreline planning & management)
City of Port Townsend Public Works: Sewer, Water quality, Parks, more

Port of Port Townsend Environment Stewardship: water quality, rain gardens.

Local Non Profit Organization Partners

  • It’s Your Watershed – Water Matters The information in this document is provided and formatted so that educators throughout the Pacific Northwest region may use these pages to provide the public with accurate, up to date information about watersheds and their functions.
  • Hood Canal Coordinating Council is working to advocate for and implement actions to protect and enhance Hood Canal’s environmental and economic health.
  • Jefferson Land Trust is a private, non-profit, grass-roots organization. Their mission is to help the community preserve open space, working lands and habitat in Jefferson County on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.
  • North Olympic Salmon Coalition is working to restore, enhance, and protect habitat of North Olympic Peninsula wild salmon stocks and to promote community volunteerism and stewardship.
  • is a group that has been tracking Sea Star Wasting Syndrome. they are a Marine Research Group in UC Santa Cruz that encourages the involvement of citizen scientists in their work.
  • Washington Sea Grant is serving the people who manage, use and enjoy Washington’s ocean and coasts.

Additional Resources

  • Preserving the Salish Sea by Using Less Plastic – Our marine ecosystems are impacted by upland activities within our watersheds. Discover simple ways to help keep the Salish Sea beautiful and reduce plastic pollution. National Microplastics expert professor Julie Masura shares tips to help maintain this biologically diverse inland marine ecosystem.