NEWS BRIEFS: Gardening presentation Wednesday … and other items

PORT HADLOCK — The public is invited to Master Gardener Sarah Fairbank’s presentation about native plants at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Jefferson County Library.

Fairbanks will speak about the use of native plants in gardens as well as their benefits such as less watering and disease, and attraction of diverse insects and birds.

She will also talk about how the plants are suited for the area and climate as well as how to create a low-maintenance garden.

Fairbank has been a Master Gardener for 28 years and has been a Port Townsend resident since 2003.

For more information, contact John Sabella at 206-714-4732 or mastergardener@johnsabella.com.

Project open house

SEQUIM — Clallam County Environmental Health and its project partners will hold an open house regarding the Pollution Identification and Correction Project updates from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, June 23 at the Dungeness Schoolhouse.

The public is invited to attend the meeting at the schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road.

The meeting will be an informal format during which those interested can ask questions directly to representatives from county environmental health, and its partners the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Clallam Conservation District and Streamkeepers of Clallam County.

Displays and literature on project highlights will be available, as well as water quality monitoring and results.

Information about financial and technical assistance for eliminating sources of pollution will be available for landowners who are interested in participating in the project.

More information about expansion plans will also be presented during the open house.

The four-hour block was selected so those with busy schedules have an opportunity to attend the open house, Environmental Health said in a press release.

The project began during the summer of 2015 in the lower Dungeness watershed, and includes such areas as Golden Sands Slough, Meadowbrook Slough and Creek, and the Dungeness River to address the fecal pollution problems associated with failing septic systems and animal waste, according to the county’s website.

Due to continued success, the project will expand to include waters further along the Dungeness River, into the Matriotti watershed, according to the website.

For more information, contact Jacob Melly at 360-417-2415 or EnviroHealth@co.clallam.wa.us; or visit www.clallam.net/PIC.

Free training

LA PUSH — A free training session about the Coastal Observation & Seabird Survey Team’s (COASST) Marine Debris program will be offered to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 24.

The interactive, indoor and outdoor, hands-on workshop will train attendees to collect data on the characteristics and location of debris at the Quileute Tribal School, 40 Ocean Drive.

The debris’ data will ultimately be used to map the source and transport pathways of debris and to identify potential harm to people, wildlife and local coastal ecosystems, according to a news release.

No prior experience is necessary.

Beach surveys are best conducted with two people and event organizers advise those interested to attend the training with a potential survey partner, or plan to join a team during the workshop.

A $20 refundable deposit is asked of participants who would like to receive a COASST survey toolkit.

Registration for the event is required and can be completed by phoning 206-221-6893 or emailing coasst@uw.edu.

For more information, visit www.coasst.org.

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