In accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act (RCW 42.30), notice is hereby given that a quorum of the Commissioners of the Port of Port Townsend may attend the Marine Resource Committee Special Meeting on Thursday, January 14 at 6:00 PM via ZOOM.

January 14  6:00 – 7:30 PM
MRC Special **VIRTUAL** Meeting

The MRC will be having a Special Meeting to discuss the Navy’s application to expand their special operations training activities in 28 WA State Parks. During the COVID-19 pandemic, citizens can submit public comments to the MRC by email at Emailed comments will be read aloud by staff during the meeting’s public comment period. If you would like to attend the meeting, please email for details.  See below for email to MRC members for more information also.

Dear MRC Members,

Please mark your calendars next week for 6-7:30PM on Thursday, Jan. 14, for our Special Meeting to discuss the Navy’s application to expand their special operations training activities in 28 WA State Parks (including Dosewallips, Fort Flagler, Fort Townsend, Fort Worden, Mystery Bay, and Shine Tidelands).

The two documents that are up for public comment include the:

–  Mitigated Determination of Non-significance (MDNS) – Deadline for comment is Jan 22

–  Item E-1: Naval Special Operations Training in Washington State Parks – Deadline for comment is Jan 26 (registration required by Jan 20)

Additional documents that may help inform the discussion (including the SEPA checklist, Environmental Assessment, etc.) are listed on the State Parks’ website here and here. If you need help accessing or navigating these documents, please let me know. I’ve also attached the slides that Larry shared and drafted minutes. Prior to meeting, please review the Navy’s application documents and develop a list of questions, concerns and perhaps mitigation steps regarding potential environmental impacts (best if you can get these to me before the meeting – by email/phone).

Here is a draft agenda:

– Briefly layout the proposal

– Share questions/concerns

– Discuss line-by-line

–  (Questions/concerns shared by email/in meeting)

–  Disproportionate focus on Region 1/Jefferson County parks

–  Potential impacts to ongoing restoration projects, research & monitoring efforts

–  Potential impacts to marine habitats/resources

–  Potential impacts to nearshore and upland habitats/resources

– Agree on recommendation to BoCC regarding potential impacts


And here is the Zoom meeting info:

Join by computer/device:

Join by phone call (long distance): 1 (253) 215-8782

Meeting ID: 928 3376 7751


Please let me know if you have any questions.


Monica Montgomery
Water Programs Coordinator
Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee and WSU Extension
121 Oak Bay Rd., Port Hadlock, WA 98339
Cell: 360.540.3708


Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jefferson County Extension Office is currently closed to the public and all Extension programming is being delivered virtually, postponed or cancelled.  We are supporting efforts to keep our communities safe and healthy and monitoring guidance from local, state and federal officials. We will re-open the office when it is safe to do so. Staff is available via email, telephone and video-conference. Contact information is available at our website:

Please take care of yourselves and each other. We will see you soon.