John Bethel, a Licensed Geologist and Engineering Geologist in Washington State, will be presenting at King Conservation District’s August Where the Water Begins workshop about the geological features relevant to marine beach and bluff homeowners of the Puget sound region.
John received his Bachelor’s in Geology in 1977 and Master’s in Forest Soils in 1982. A former Senior Geologist for King County, he spent 30 years working on reviewing permit applications in geologically hazardous areas, developing King County Code related to geologic hazards, and managing stream restoration and channel stabilization projects.
Where the Water Begins provides marine beach and bluff homeowners with information on minimizing slope instability and landslides, using native vegetation to reduce erosion, and improving fish and wildlife habitat.
Workshop topics covered by John include:
• Geologic History of Puget Sound Shorelines
• Coastal Bluff Processes
• Beach Formation and Longshore Drift
Be sure to join Bethel and other marine shoreline experts at one of the upcoming Where the Water Begins workshops.
Mark joined KCD in the spring of 2018 as Outreach Coordinator. A transplant from Montana, Mark brings with him a decade of experience in conservation and land-use issues. After graduating from the University of Montana, Mark spent several years teaching natural history in and around Glacier National Park. He also completed two terms of service as an AmeriCorps Volunteer with the Montana Conservation Corps. Most recently, Mark channeled his passion for the outdoors working to engage communities on wildlife and conservation issues while working for the Montana Wildlife Federation. When not developing KCD’s outreach program, Mark can be found hiking in the mountains with his wife Tia and their dog River.