Sewage release closes waters of Port Ludlow Bay to recreation until Saturday – PDN

With no backup plan in place, the Bay is now closed. Just a heads up for those wanting to kayak or harvest shellfish, which I believe is closed in that bay anyway. Would be great to see a strong rain garden approach in Ludlow to slow the water runoff into the bay.

A sewage spill into Port Ludlow Bay caused by equipment failure at the wastewater treatment plant is not serious or life-threatening, but the area is now closed to recreation until Saturday. Jefferson County Public Health has issued a “no contact” health advisory that will remain in effect until then. The public is advised to avoid any contact with the water in Port Ludlow Bay, including swimming, kayaking, fishing and harvesting of shellfish and seaweed. (Peninsula Daily News)

Workshop on understanding environmental buffers along your property – April 4 – Port Ludlow

Last Chance to ‘Live on the Edge’

The last in a series of workshops on critical areas and buffer management will be held Thursday, April 4 in Port Ludlow. The free workshop called “Living on the Edge – Protection for People, Property, and Habitat” workshop will be from 12:30 to 4:30pm at the Ludlow Community Center (Grace Christian Center) and will include a local fieldtrip.

The first two workshops in the series were held in Quilcene and Chimacum and were well attended. Content for all three workshops is similar but the field trips are different. The workshops are designed for homeowners or landowners who have property on or near a shoreline, bluff, wetland or creek.

Attendees will learn about different types of critical areas and how to best manage the buffers around them. Topics covered include how to use your buffer area without harming it or yourself, the role of native plants, tips on removing noxious weeds, how to enhance or restore a buffer, how to encourage birds and wildlife, and what resources are available to homeowners.

“Critical Areas” have important functions in nature; filtering and cleaning water, delivering sand to the beach, providing fish and wildlife habitat, or supplying our drinking water. Some areas may pose a potential danger including flooded creeks, eroding bluffs, and slopes prone to landslides. Areas called “buffers” are designated to ensure everyone’s safety, protect property from damage, and to keep these important places healthy. Buffers can be enjoyed, maintained, and even enhanced by the people who own them for better function, property values and aesthetics.

The Ludlow Community Center (Grace Christian Center) is located at 200 Olympic Pl. in Port Ludlow. This event is open to the public. Please reserve a space by emailing or calling 360/379-5610 x222.

The workshop is hosted by Jefferson County Extension, the Jefferson County Weed Board and the Watershed Stewardship Resource Center.

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