Illahee Day. Save Saturday, August 1 for Illahee Day 2009. The theme is theABC’s of Illahee. A for an Attractive Illahee, B for Breakfast and lunch at the community dock, and C for Community clean-up in-between breakfast and lunch. Breakfast at the dock between 9-10 am. Community clean-up between 10am -12 pm. Lunch at 12 pm.
5 Clean Up Teams. You can pick the clean-up team you would like to be on. The five of them are: Team Dock, Team Illahee Road North, Team Illahee Road South, Team Ocean View & West, and Team Illahee Preserve. The attached brochure provides the details.
Volunteer Receive ….. All volunteers will receive Illahee T-Shirts, and there will be drawings and prizes. Sign up by sending an email or leave a message with your name and shirt size at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 340-7257.
Aquifer Meeting. We have been asked when we are going to report of the aquifer meeting that was held on June 30th. On some of these meetings we wait to see if there is going to be any press coverage, since they do such a good job. Because there was no coverage we will provide a brief synopsis. The room was filled and the information was extremely informative. We received many compliments for hosting the event. During the question and answer time there was some disagreements as to the extent and influence of some of the deep aquifers. The consensus is that the USGS needs to do some definitive studies of the area to define the aquifers. What was not in dispute was the need to infiltrate our rainwater runoff and to do so as close to the source as possible, thereby mimicking natural conditions. We will provide more information later on the subject.
BKAT Coverage & Viewing Dates. The aquifer meeting was documented by Bremerton Kitsap Access Television (BKAT) and will be broadcast four times. The dates are:
“The Illahee Watershed Aquifer Protection Plan” will air:
BKAT is Kitsap’s local TV channel.
Channel 12 – Comcast
Channel 3 – WAVE
Thanks to Dr. Massmann, Dave Tucker, & Shawn Ultican. We want to thank Dr. Massmann for his presentation and helping us better understand groundwater as an important resource that needs to be understood and managed. We also thank Dave Tucker from Kitsap County Public Works for being there to answer questions, along with Shawn Ultican, from the Kitsap Healthe District who also fielded questions.
Brown Tap Water. Every now and then Illahee residents experience a brown coloring in their drinking water. We have had several instances where people have forwarded their questions to us, and we have asked them to call North Perry Water. Attached is George Smalley’s recent response to a resident in the area south of Illahee State Park.
Just thought you should know that it is not a harmless bacteria in the water that causes a brown color when water is taken from a fire hydrant at a high rate of speed. It is typically sediment build up, or a concentration of a harmless mineral called manganese. The District does work hard to provide clean water to its customers by flushing the water mains on an annual basis to try to keep the build up of these minerals and sediments down.The water is safe to drink however it is not to appealing to look at. The problem was caused by a brush fire on E.30th and Parklane Sunday morning 7/5/09.The fire dept. had to hook to a hydrant and flow water. We are sorry for the inconvenience however these things happen and they are beyond our control.The District did flush the area for most of the day on Monday the 6th.
Please call the District office if you are still experiencing discolored water.
Cat Chasing Deer. During a walk on Monday morning a resident reported watching a large deer walking on the roadway past a house when a black cat took off after the deer, chasing it down the road and into the Illahee Preserve.
Mediation Clarification. In our last Illahee Community Update we linked the Kitsap Sun article that discussed the County’s new mediation process and made some comments. Scott Diener, Manager of Policy and Planning for DCD, sent us the following info and link:
The article title is misleading. The approvals made by the BCC only allow the Hearing Examiner to authorize mediation (as well as reconsideration). The actual process language (when mediation is optional and when it is required) is going to the Planning Commission on July 7 for its initial work study (after being remanded back to them by the BCC in Dec 08).
Where Did the Canada Geese Go? Some of the residents with waterfront yards report they haven’t seen the Canada geese since the 4th of July and wonder if they just moved elsewhere in Illahee, or if they left the area because of the fireworks.
Humming Bird Photos. There are lots of humming birds in the area, and we were surprised to find them in the Illahee Preserve the other day when collecting water quality samples for the health department. Katrina Knutson, the Kitsap County Planner who helped prepare the Illahee Community Plan sent us the following link to some amazing hummingbird photos.
BIRTH OF A HUMMINGBIRD
This is truly amazing.
Be sure to click on ‘NEXT PAGE’ at the bottom of each page; there
are 5 pages in all.
A lady found a hummingbird nest and got pictures all the way
from the egg to leaving the nest. Took 24 days from birth to
flight. Because you’ll probably never see this again in
your lifetime, enjoy and share. The very last picture is
CLICK THIS ADDRESS….
Timbers Edge Appeal. We have heard the community’s appeal of the Hearing Examiner’s Decision to approve the Timbers Edge Development, may soon go before the County Commissioners. There is a group that is working on a counter proposal to be given to the developer to see if there can be an acceptable resolution of differences. The group needs to complete their work soon if they plan on getting it done before the appeal is heard by the commissioners.
Dry Conditions In Illahee. It has been some time since any appreciable rain has fallen in Illahee. There is an official or semi-official rain gage in Illahee where rainfall is measured. That is about all we know and hope that we can find out more, maybe even some photos of it, along with any current reports.