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Jefferson County Wins a 2013
Governor's Award June 10, 2013
Among the 2013 Smart
Communities Award winners is Jefferson County for its Mystery Bay
Management and South Port Townsend Bay plans, which engaged a
diverse group of stakeholders to develop plans to protect commercial
shellfish resources while also providing for recreation and other
Mooring Buoy Management Plans
Adopted October 1, 2012
The Board of County
Commissioners adopted the Mystery Bay Management Plan and South Port
Townsend Bay Management Plan on October 1, 2012. The Moratorium on
new mooring buoys in South Port Townsend Bay was also released at
the same time.
The plans were prepared to manage boater usage in a manner that
ensures continued, year-round harvest of commercial shellfish while
balancing that interest with the legitimate use of the bays for
public recreation and other commercial use. Washington State
departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Health, the Governor’s
Office of Regulatory Assistance (ORA) and Jefferson County
representatives worked together to inventory boats and mooring buoys
in each bay and led two groups of numerous stakeholders in
developing the plans.
The Mystery Bay Management Plan received the 2012 Waterways
Management Award from the National Association of State Boating Law
Administrators (NASBLA) in September of 2012. The award was
presented to Alan Bogner of the Office of Regulatory Assistance at
the NASBLA national conference in Alabama. The award was presented
locally to stakeholders at the Marrowstone Island Community
Association regular meeting in September. The award is housed at
the Marrowstone Island Community Club off Garden Club Rd.
Public Open House January 27 - Draft Management
Work has continued on finding solutions with input
from a variety of stakeholders. The state Office of Regulatory
Assistance has been working with residents, the shellfish industry,
the County, other state agencies and the tribes to draft a
management plan. Come learn more, hear about the draft management
plan and provide input at the open house event - Wednesday 1/27/10,
6:30 pm at Fort Flagler. See additional materials below:
Public Open House June 15 - Mystery Bay
Come find out how multiple agencies are working
together to find solutions to the Mystery Bay concerns about
recreational boating, mooring buoys and healthy shellfish. An
open house event will be held June 15, 2009, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at
the Fort Flagler State Park Recreation Hall. For driving
directions and to learn more, see the
flyer and invitation letter. For questions, call
360/732-0934 or 360/902-1013.
Mooring buoys in
Jefferson County waters require county and state permits.
Recent concern has arisen regarding potential pollution threats as
related to the number of boats moored in Mystery Bay.
Maintaining water quality and healthy shellfish benefits everyone.
Current efforts are underway to ensure all buoys are in compliance
with both county and state regulations.
Derelict Vessel Removals?
No. Jefferson County does not have direct
jurisdiction over vessels but regulates mooring buoys as per the
Shoreline Master Program (SMP) section of the Unified Development
Code (UDC) in the Jefferson County Code (JCC 18.25). The
County has had an SMP in place since 1976 as required by the WA
State Shoreline Management Act of 1971 (SMA; RCW 90.58).
The current SMP was prepared in 1989, with minor
amendments dating to 1998. The SMP is currently undergoing a
comprehensive update as required by the State. Learn more
about the SMP Update project on the
Shoreline Management & Planning page.
Joint Aquatic Resources Permit Application
(JARPA) - This links to the State Governor's Office of Regulatory
Innovation and Assistance (ORIA). The JARPA is
for shoreline permits and exemptions and serves to help coordinate
the application process between multiple agencies. Please include a
signed Jefferson County Master Permit Application form with the completed and signed JARPA.
For permit information,
contact DCD at 360/379-4450.
For compliance information,
contact DCD Code Enforcement at 360/379-4450.