Good News for Water Quality

New pumpout boat services expand this summer in South Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands.

It will now be easier for recreational boaters to safely pump out vessel sewage and keep Washington’s waters clean with an expansion of mobile pumpout services in South Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands. The State Parks Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Grant Program recently funded over $900,000 in new pumpout projects throughout the state, roughly $200,000 of which will help fund pumpout vessels in Pierce County and the Port of Lopez. Pierce County and the South Puget Sound Mobile Pumpout Program received about $90,000 to fund two years of seasonal pumpout boat operation and maintenance expenses. Jeff Barney, the watershed planner for Pierce County Surface Water Management, applied for the CVA grant to fund the mobile pumpout service for South Puget Sound, an area that is currently limited in pumpout services.

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Ways to Prepare for Wildfire Smoke

by Keppie Keplinger, Public Information Officer, Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue

Wildfire season typically runs from July through September and the National Weather Service shows this year’s season could last longer because of the warmer, dryer weather we have had. Now is the time to begin preparing for the possibility of wildfire smoke to invade Jefferson County in the coming weeks and months.

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Come Out and Walk Port Ludlow– August 28

by Jane Holmes, Guest Writer

Everyone is invited to come out and walk in Port Ludlow on Saturday, August 28. 10K and 5K routes are being set-up by a local “volksmarching” club. Both routes will be marked with ribbons and arrows. The 5K (3.1 mile) route traverses the beach and heads around the bay to Picnic Point, Ludlow Cove Cottages, and back. You can add on a visit to the Interpretive Trail and Ludlow Falls if desired. The 10K (6.2 mile) route starts out with the 5K route but then heads up the Osprey Trail to do a loop on shady, wooded trails in the “highlands.”

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The Library: Easy, Modern, Convenient, and Fun

Now With Expanded Hours

The Jefferson County Library is now open Tuesday to Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The library continues to offer curbside pickup.

Bookmobile hours have also been expanded in Port Ludlow, providing an additional 30 minutes of browsing time. New hours are 1:30 p.m. — 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday. You can find the bookmobile near the Village store.

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Cash for Platinum and Gold, September 11

by Barbara Berthiaume, Contributing Writer

The Peninsula Support Organization (PSO) Bluebills is again sponsoring the Cash for Platinum and Gold event on Saturday, September 11, at the Beach Club Gallery Room from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Start sorting out all of your old, broken, or unwanted gold, sterling, and platinum items and exchange them for cash. Pandemic protocols will be in place.

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