Rotary Work Party. Some major work was done at the Thompson Lane parking lot on Sunday (1-2-11) by the Rotary Club of East Bremerton (see attached photos). It was quite amazing to watch the front end loader on the John Deere tractor fill 3 or 4 large wheel barrows to overflowing at one time. They didn’t want a big group helping them because of the tractor, so we didn’t advertise this work party to others. They moved tons of wood chips, and we thank them again for adopting the Illahee Preserve and keeping it in tip top shape. The following is their writeup of their efforts:
Varied Thrush Gives Its Approval. After the work party completed Vic Ulsh photographed the varied thrush that appears to give its approval of the Rotary’s efforts, see his (Vic’s) email comments:
Levee Questions From Previous Update. We have been asked to explain more about what a levee is and why it was requested, as some in the community do not understand the issue. First, the Wikipedia dictionary definition of a levee is: “A levee, levée, dike (or dyke), embankment, floodbank or stopbank is a natural or artificial slope or wall to regulate water levels. It is usually earthen and often parallel to the course of a river or the coast.” There must have been a concern that a levee was needed to prevent Illahee Creek from overflowing its banks, or that the levee installed after the Dec 2007 storm was in danger of failing.
Levee Comments. We did get a few phone calls and several emails regarding the levee issue. The first one we have attached being a comment that went to Kitsap County, followed by their response, and then a response back to the County.
First Comment & Responses: The community should question why a levee would be constructed (at taxpayer expense) for the protection of private property that was developed contrary to the advice of the county (representing the taxpayer). It seems that the developer knowingly (admittedly) assumed the risk of building in the streams migration zone/flood plain. Why should the taxpayer essentially bail out the developer for their bad decision?
Thanks Jon for your prompt response. Is it fiction that a levee was either authorized or authorized and permitted under an emergency HPA?