Citizen Action Training School
One hundred and thirty seven citizens from throughout the Puget Sound region completed the Citizen Action Training School program, a two-year project coordinated by seven of the Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups, of which NOSC is one. Students completed fifty-hour volunteer projects designed to improve the health of Puget Sound and surrounding waters, after studying watershed science, environmental regulations, and project planning. Classes and field trips featured local experts, and gave these citizens an opportunity to interact face-to-face with local experts. “I liked the diversity – from teachers, to tribal employees, scientist to county/city employees, and also an irrigation district owner- very helpful!” said one participant.
CATS demonstrated the impact of the Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups working in coordination to create tangible benefits throughout the Puget Sound region. Here on the North Peninsula, CATS students engaged with local officials to address storm water management, worked with the Marine Resources Committee to explore removal of bulkheads on private properties, and tackled neighborhood storm drain problems, among other successes.
North Olympic Salmon Coalition is offering a mini-CATS Summer 2016. Check out the registration page for more information.
Funding for this program provided by: