Illahee 6/28/17 Killdeer Eggs Hatch, Stormwater Meeting Report, Illahee Regional Stormwater Facility, Illahee Store Activity, Locate Services, Private Locate Services, Old Store Gas Tanks, Draft Testing Plan

Killdeer Eggs Hatch.  Incubation time for Killdeer eggs is 24-28 days and three eggs, laid on a path to the beach, were right on time.  They survived daily multiple trips back and forth by geese, not to mention not being stepped on by a bear and her cub.  Now we are watching the adults chase away the crows who seem to be after the young chicks.

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Stormwater Meeting Report.  One of the most informative meetings on local stormwater issues was held on 6/19.  10 signs were placed throughout the community informing residents resulting in the attendance being better than other county stormwater meetings, with many waiting for a summary in a community update (next section). 
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Illahee Regional Stormwater Facility.  Briefly the project is a $2.5M Stormwater Regional Facility to be built over several years in three different phases, which are shown below.
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Illahee Store Activity.  More activity at the Illahee Store on Monday (6/26/17) as a second round of contamination surveys begin.
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Locate Services.  Utilities need to be identified whenever drilling occurs and they can determined by basic or enhanced services.  These photos show the basic services looking for power and gas.
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Private Locate Services.  With USTs (Underground Storage Tanks) enhanced services are required which use ground penetrating radar to see what is underneath.  Not only did they locate the existing tanks, they could also see where the tanks from the old Illahee Store were removed.
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Old Store Gas Tanks.  The photo below is from 49 years ago when the Illahee Flag Pole was dedicated.  The old store was located much closer to Illahee Road, and the USTs for the gas pump were on the north side of the store, and according to the testing the pit can be seen where they were removed.
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Draft Testing Plan.  The draft drilling plan to check for additianal possible site contamination is shown below and will likely be modified based on the new information from the private locating services.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 6/15/17 Stormwater Meeting, Countywide Open House Meetings, Past Problems, Brown Water in the Bay, New Culvert Underdesigned, Outfall at Illahee Dock, Gilberton Creek Washout, Port Stormwater Grant, Grant Recommendations, Illahee Preserve Acquisitions, County Progress

Stormwater Meeting.  There is an important meeting regarding stormwater for Illahee residents and the Sylvan Way Library meeting room is a great place for events like this.

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Countywide Open House Meetings.  While this is part of a county wide effort (see writeup below) to inform residents of stormwater programs, experts will be able to discuss Illahee specific projects that are ongoing.
 

If you have questions or concerns about stormwater drainage or flooding issues on or near your property join us for this open house.  We want to hear from you.  Stormwater staff will be available to listen to your concerns and gather input regarding our services and programs. They are also available to answer questions and provide a variety of brochures and resources.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Stormwater Division’s services as well as the Clean Water Kitsap program. Clean Water Kitsap is a partnership program between Kitsap County Public Works, the Kitsap Public Health District, Kitsap Conservation District and WSU-Extension. We work together to protect water quality by identifying and reducing sources of pollution, providing technical assistance for a variety of best management practices related to septic systems, livestock manure management, rain gardens and more.

 
Past Problems.  Illahee has a history with earlier questionable stormwater decisions, primarily permitting.
 
Brown Water in the Bay.  During every major storm event sediment is deposited out into the bay from the storm surges the plague Illahee Creek from developments authorized within the watershed.
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New Culvert Underdesigned.  The relatively new Illahee Creek culvert (1999) under Illahee Road quickly filled with sediment beyond the design height indicating an underdesign.  With limited height clearances it is susceptible to a washout if it becomes clogged.
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Outfall at Illahee Dock.  Some years ago the Port of Illahee fought the county with attempts to install an outfall at the Port dock.  This resulted in an poorly designed and installed outfall north of the dock that is presently an eyesore, that is someday supposed to be corrected.
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Gilberton Creek Washout.  Also a number of years ago there was a major washout of the Gilberton Creek culvert, due to the lack of recognition of cumulative projects impacting the culvert.  While the culvert was then replaced, there were no apparent public lessons learned responses.  Just prior the washout of the road a bus loaded with children passed over it.  The local community hoped that it would have resulted in some kind of public lessons learned response, but it didn’t.
 
Port of Illahee Stormwater Grant.  The bright spot after the above stormwater failures was the Port’s success in obtaining a Centennial Clean Water Fund grant to develop a Surface Water Management Plan, which resulted in comprehensive study of the watershed and water issues which is now being used to correct many of the past failures.
Grant Recommendations.  Many recommendations were suggested, however, the cost of correcting all the identified problems was $20 million, not including the recommendation to acquire critical properties.
 
Illahee Preserve Acquisitions.  The Illahee Preserve has been successful in many of it’s acquisition efforts, but still has a way to go.  We found the following information especially encouraging.
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County Progress.  Kitsap County is also making steady progress on the recommendations, which we will hear more of at Monday’s meeting, along with their other programs.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 6/11/17 Photos, Community Stormwater Meeting 6/19, Illahee Store report on CK Reporter Front Page 6/2, Wednesday Port Meeting, Preserve Shelter on Kitsap Sun Front Page 6/6

Photos. 

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Illahee Dock’s outer float as a fishing platform.
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Photo showing the reflection from the morning sun on the new and shiny Port of Waterman dock (upper left).  Note the bald eagle to the right on the Port of Illahee light post, which is seen there many mornings.
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Preserve stacked rocks.
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The dog that was killed at the top of Ocean View has been memorialized.

Community Stormwater Meeting 6/19.  The Illahee Community Group and the Illahee Forest Preserve non-profit groups are hosting Kitsap County’s stormwater personnel on Monday 6/19/17 from 6-7:45 pm at the Sylvan Way Library.  The county is beginning an “Illahee Regional Stormwater Retrofit Project” affecting Illahee and the Illahee Preserve that we will hear more about, among other things.  This should help with the stormwater surges plaguing Illahee Creek and threatening to take out the Illahee Creek culvert at the bottom of Illahee hill.  We have attached an old photo showing the nearly filled culvert (you used to be able to walk through it).
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Illahee Store Report on CK Reporter Front Page 6/2.  The Port’s hope to purchase the Illahee Store was reported on in the CK Reporter.  http://www.kitsapdailynews.com/news/port-of-illahee-hopes-to-acquire-abandoned-property/  There will hopefully be more information shared at Wednesday’s Port meeting.
 
Wednesday Port Meeting.  This is a reminder the monthly Port of Illahee meeting on Wednesday at 5 pm.  The port heard from four community members who attended last month’s meeting that the steep slope to the Port meeting room was getting to be too difficult to traverse, so it was suggested the June meeting be held outside of the store and one of them offered to put up a canopy.  We just heard that the request was granted and the meeting will be outside of the abandoned Illahee Store.  The slope down to the base of the dock is 18% which is beyond ADA requirements.
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Preserve Shelter on Kitsap Sun Front Page 6/6.  Another Illahee front page story, click on the link A000100001L (46).  Two in one week for a small but amazing community.  More photos coming as gutters are scheduled to be installed on Tuesday along with gravel and grading this coming week.
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Jim Aho