NSEA launches new program to teach watershed ecology

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDAugust 19, 2013 

People can help clean up Whatcom County shorelines and Puget Sound through a new 12-week program launched by Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association.

Called the Citizen Action Training School, the program will focus on watershed and Puget Sound ecology, as well as civic engagement in legal and regulatory processes that affect the management of resources. That includes efforts in Whatcom County watersheds.

"The intent of the program is to build community leaders and support for Puget Sound recovery efforts," said Rachel Benbrook, the program's coordinator. "It's going to be such a critical time in the next decade in the Puget Sound."

Weekly sessions in Bellingham start the evening of Sept. 18. The application deadline has been extended to Aug. 30.

Training will total 50 hours of class and field sessions, usually on weekday evenings and three field trips on Saturdays. There will be no class fees; instead, participants will volunteer at least 50 hours to plan and complete a service project for the health of Puget Sound.

To apply, or for more information, contact Benbrook at cats@n-sea.org or 360-303-9188. More information is online at rfeg.org/cats.

Reach KIE RELYEA at kie.relyea@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2234.

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