>Squid, Theft, KRCC Report – 1-31-11

>Squid Fishermen.  Just about every evening during the winter months squid fisherman can be seen at the Illahee community dock jigging their lures, such as we photographed here on a cold winters night.  We like to check in with them every so often to see what they are catching, and to see if they have caught anything unusual (one time someone caught a nice mackerel and didn’t want it so we took it home and ate it).  That question regarding unusual catches is when we found out about someone catching a lobster which we will describe in a future Update.  



Larger Squid.  On Monday evening (1/31/11) we noticed one squid in a bucket that was twice the size of any of the others, and asked if we could take some pictures.  After a couple of camera flashes along with lying on the dark decking, the squid quickly changed colors to suit its surrounding, which can be seen by comparing the two photos.

Forage Fish Report.  The other interesting news is that they have also snagged some of our primary forage fish while squidding, which are herring, smelt, and sand lance (candle fish).  (Forage fish are small fish that are preyed on by larger fish.)  While these forage fish are not seen in the numbers of decades earlier, it is encouraging to know they are still around.  If it wasn’t for these fishermen’s reports, most of us wouldn’t be aware that these forage fish are using our nearshore and shoreline areas in Illahee.

Illahee Preserve Rain Garden Thefts.  While getting ready for Saturday’s work party at the Illahee Preserve, we noticed that 3 logs and a rock had been taken from the rain garden.  We have attached a photo that shows where the rock and one log were.  This is disappointing as it takes lots of volunteer coordination and volunteer work to make the Preserve and the Rain Garden special and some are wondering if we can install a video camera to cover the parking lot.  If anyone has any ideas or expertise in this area, please let us know.


KRCC Public Meeting Report.  We saw at least 4 Illahee residents at the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council public hearing regarding the Countywide Planning Policy document.  One of the most interesting presentations showed a graph of the projected populations used to determine the urban growth boundaries in the county, and how the actual population figures are coming in at about half the projections.  We don’t have all the facts, but understand that is why either the courts or the Growth Management Hearings Board are asking the county to take a second look.  The link to the Kitsap Sun coverage of the meeting is:  http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2011/jan/28/tribal-members-speak-out-against-large-scale-in/

Community Input.  Two residents testified during the public hearing and we received two comments that were emailed to the KRCC, which we have attached below:

Thank you for allowing public comment to the “Kitsap Countywide Planning Policy” draft document proposed by the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council.

I attended the public hearing last evening and I’m not sure I was as clear in my comments as I should have been with my last point.

My concern is with the wording changes in the document that tightened the language by replacing “should” with “shall” when it came to issues such as annexation, and then when it got to Element E (which looks at open space preservation, critical areas, and water quality/quantity), the language was loosened by replacing “shall” with “should“.

After hearing the testimony about the importance of natural resources and open space, etc, I don’t know how you can not change this wording back to “shall“.  

Additionally, I would state that current science has more than ever supported the necessity to preserve and protect critical areas and resource lands, such as critical aquifers.  We know that the Kitsap Peninsula is for the most part hydrogeologically self contained, that our ground water comes from precipitation, and that some areas, such as Illahee, are at water balance, meaning we are withdrawing and supporting stream flow with what is already being infiltrated.  The implications of this fact alone are staggering.

If you really believe that “Water is a Resource” then your wording in this county wide planning document needs to support that policy.

Thank you for considering changing the “should” back to “shall“.

Thank you for allowing public comment to the “Kitsap Countywide Planning Policy” draft document proposed by the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council.

I am requesting that Illahee be considered for withdrawal from the urban growth area that it has been assigned to. A majority of  Illahee is made up of critical areas: steep slopes, canyons, Illahee Creek, state park and Kitsap County forest preserve, in addition to documented category one aquifer recharge areas. All that is in possible jeopardy if its future is to be annexed to a city.  Under GMA and the definition of UGAs, it clearly spell out the incompatibility of urban growth and protection of important aquifers. Given that population projections have been exaggerated in the establishment of UGAs here in the county, it makes sense for a rural entity such as Illahee  be withdrawn from the UGA.

Your Thoughts?  Let us know how you feel on the issue of annexation, which is what is being proposed as a “shall” in the Countywide Planning Policy document.  

Community Meeting Discussion Item?  We would like to suggest this be a discussion item at the next Illahee Community meeting that has just been scheduled for February 23, 2011 at 6:30pm at the Sylvan Way Library.

Jim Aho

>High Tides, Port Comments,&Annexation Proposal? – 1-26-11

>High Tide Responses.  We receive some interesting comments regarding the supposedly high tides this past weekend. 


Walking On Water?  “One time, shortly after WWII, the tide was just above the decking on the Illahee Community dock and when we walked out to the end, it appeared we were able to walk on water.”  We attached a photo of the high tide on Monday, which was a 13.6 foot tide, to give you an idea that a tide that would cover the decking would need to be at least 3 feet higher than it was on Monday.

Rue Villa Resident Comment.  “Yes, High tides?, not very high. I began thinking the forecasters got everything wrong. In our 44 years here at Rue Villa we’ve had much higher. Weather conditions were fairly mild though.”

Highest Recorded Tide at Brownsville.  This data link specifies the maximum observed tide at Brownsville of 14.19 feet in 1980!  http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/PublicMenu/Documents/Reg/applications/tides/np/np66.cfm

Corps Salvage Vessel.  The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has a salvage vessel that retrieves debris in the Sound waterways, and was out on Monday in front of Illahee.  Their logo can be seen under the name PUGET.  We happened to see it and snapped the attached photos.  It had just picked up a 55 gallon barrel with a 2×6 frame that was evidently part of somebody’s float.  A little while later it picked up a log just past Illahee State Park.  The debris is placed on the center deck where the barrel and logs can be seen.



Monday’s Port Article.  Sunday’s Kitsap Sun feature was on the 12 Kitsap County Port Districts and discussed a proposal that they be consolidated.  On Monday they presented the Port of Bellingham, where consolidation has already taken place.  We thought these articles would have generated numerous responses to their website comment section, but they didn’t and we are wondering if it was because many of the normal commenters were following the Walmart shooting.  The link to the Monday article is:  http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2011/jan/23/countywide-bellingham-gets-more-bang-for-its/


Port Comments.  While we received verbal comments to the Sun’s Port articles, we received only two emails, which follow:
If you loose the small community ports the community bond will be stripped.
 
If Bremerton Port is such a great port why does it need tax revenue or even the possible combined revenues of the Kitsap county small ports. It should be generating free cash with banks lining up to inject money into their ventures. That little bit of venting released, I truly wish Bremerton nothing but the best but do not compare Bremerton with the small community ports. I appreciate what Bremerton has done but Bremerton is about jobs and revenue as the small ports are all about the community.
 
Brownsville is fortunate to have been able to develope its port and being so well established is more or less assured a future as a community while other ports have little more to offer than a priceless scenic view.
 
It goes that proposed consolidation is nothing but future elimination of small ports and capture of revenues. The best the future could hold for small ports is a ramp as docks would be deemed to be too expensive to maintain with chains and chain link fencing. Small ports would have to go beg with strong community backing for each morsel of funding. As there would no longer be port commissioners the chance of obtaining anything for the community would be remote.
 
Loss of a port would pull the revenue and much of the voice out of the small communities and then the eventual loss of a community identity. The identity of Kitsap County has been built up around the developments of the small ports.
 
We need to see the small ports as a positive feature of Kitsap County.
Well, after reading the articles, I continued my confidence in our port commissioners and increased my pride in their performance.
 
I just have no words to describe how foolish I would consider any prospect of merging with any of the listed districts.
 
It does seem to me that the Port of Bremerton (which, I think has the highest rate of assessment) could annex some of the East Bremerton land previously held by the Navy and, for that matter I would think that Bainbridge would be an attractive addition to their scope.  If I lived there, I would be really interested in establishing a separate district to preclude annexation by Bremerton.

Annexation Proposal?  We read in the Kitsap Sun on Wednesday (1/26/11) the county is evidently proposing that cities annex nearby communities in order relieve the county of infrastructure costs.  This has the potential to directly affect Illahee.  The attached link provides more details. 

Kitsap County wants most urban areas annexed into cities within five years.

http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2011/jan/25/kitsap-county-wants-most-urban-areas-annexed/


KRCC Proposal.  We just read some of the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council’s proposal and it appears to be the case.  The link to this document is:  http://www.kitsapregionalcouncil.org/library/D%20-%20Countywide%20Policies/Dec%202010%20Proposed%20CPP%20Changes%20for%20Public%20Comment.pdf

Public Hearing Thursday Evening.  There will be a public hearing on Thursday (1/27/11) evening at 5 pm at the Norm Dicks Center.  We copied and pasted the following information from their website.
Proposed Revisions
to the Kitsap Countywide Planning Policy are available
for Public Comment until
January 28th, 2011.
Public Hearing:
January 27th, 2011
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Norm Dicks Government Center
,Main Meeting Chambers, 345 6th Street, Bremerton, WA.
Send Public Comment to:
Vicky@KitsapRegionalCouncil.org
or mail to KRCC office (see far left panel for address).

Our Initial Comments.  In our quick read through their proposed revised policy document we have the following initial comments:

1.  There is no discussion of Subarea plans such as Illahee’s, and what the impacts would be with the adoption of this policy.
2.  It sounds like communities such as Illahee would be given an opportunity to either incorporate or be annexed.
3.  When Illahee’s Subarea plan was going through the adoption process, we were told to remove all the commercial corridor along SR 303.
4.  Illahee is then left with mostly park land, open space, critical areas and a greenbelt, which isn’t enticing for any city to want to annex, but according to this policy, they wouldn’t have a choice.
5.  We are somewhat removed from Silverdale, should/when it becomes a city, so it seems we are likely in Bremerton’s projected future annexation boundary.
6.  When asked by Illahee residents several years ago whether they wanted to be part of Bremerton or Silverdale or create their own Subarea plan, the results were 2%, 6%, & 92%.
7.  There is a statement that “adjustments” can be made to the Urban Growth Areas (Section B.3.k).  
8.  Does this mean the Illahee could propose to be removed from the UGA?
9.  Do we ask these questions at the public hearing, and/or do we discuss these at the next Illahee Community meeting?

Let Us Know Your Thoughts.  Let us know how you feel about these possible annexation issues that are suddenly before us again.

Attend Thursday’s Meeting?  More importantly, it may be better to attend Thursday’s public meeting at the Norm Dicks Center, or send your comments in by Friday.  

Jim Aho

>Wildlife Update – 12/19/10

>Illahee Orca Video Makes KIRO TV News.  We were surprised to get a phone call Friday evening from Issaquah that they saw the Illahee orca video on the Channel 7 News (they called for permission but we didn’t think they would use the video), and calls from others who saw it on the Kitsap Sun website.  If a little video gets that much exposure, we are optimistic the professionally made video of Illahee’s watershed issues (currently being filmed) will get even more.


Lost Cat.  While cats aren’t really wildlife, they do get lost and we have always tried to pass on quickly notices such as these.  We only attached one of the photos.

A stray cat showed up at our house on Rue Villa yesterday (Saturday, 12/18).  She is a large female cat, gray with black strips, 4 white paws and a white bib.  She has no collar.  She was very hungry, but appears to be healthy.  She is friendly and used to humans and other cats.  I have attached 2 pictures.  Would you send them out to see if anyone has lost her?  They can contact me at JoannaBaas@gmail.com



Seals Vacated Float.
  Since the seal eating orcas came through here we haven’t seen any seals on the float north of the Illahee community dock.  
We attached some photos to show what it looked like nearly every morning this fall, that is until this week.

Cormorants.  When the seals would leave the cormorants would normally take their place as you can see from this photo.

Deer Pictures.  We received some remarkable photos of deer and a couple of pileated woodpeckers.  At one time we were going to have a place for photos such as these on the Illahee Community Website.  This is something we hope to check on, as we can only include a few of the pictures sent.



Humming Birds.  We have seen lots of humming birds around this winter because people are feeding them.  The attached photo shows 2 males that are in a territorial standoff on a weather vane.

Thank You For Sharing Your Photos.  We want to thank you for sharing your wildlife photos.  We have been told by a number of you that is what you like best about the Illahee Updates.  We are still learning how to present photos and we have yet to learn how to title individual photos, so please bare with us.  We are still trying to come up with photo file sizes that are big enough for people to see the subjects, but not too big so they won’t exceed the size of their email systems.  We hope these all come through.

Jim Aho

>Lost Cat – 11/9/10

>Returned From Trip.  We just returned from an extended road trip and need to catch up with Illahee issues.  We were able to put out an Update while on the road notifying residents of the Illahee Preserve Dedication that took place on October 26th and will put an Update regarding that event after we talk with some of those who attended, since it was not covered by the local press.  


Lost Cat.  We received the following email on November 3rd and just verified tonight that the cat has still not been found. 

We’re looking for a cat – black with a little white on his neck and paws.  About 8 years old.  “Buzz”  The cat lives in Illahee North, and he’s been gone since early Monday morning.  Please look in your garages and cars and anywhere a cat could go to hide.  He disappeared the morning it rained so hard.

Please e-mail me if you have seen him:  laurie@marbledog.net


Other Items?  Since returning we have noticed boats, divers and submersibles working along the shoreline north of the Illahee dock.  They appear to be looking for something and we presume they must be military since there appear to be no markings on the boats.  Let us know if you have any information about what might be going on, or if you have any other information to be passed on.

Jim Aho

>Meet Filmmaker&Discuss Possibilities on Friday 10/15 – 10/13/09

>Film Meeting Friday (10/15) Evening.  This Friday we will have an opportunity to meet Shelly Solomon, the filmmaker who will be doing two films on Illahee.  It will also be an opportunity for local residents to weigh in on what they would like to see presented, especially as the film will present some local history of Illahee.


Meeting in Port of Illahee Office.  We will meet in the new Port of Illahee office which is the residential building at 5560 Ocean View Blvd, at 7 pm.

What Issues should be Presented?  We received a box of shells from someone who collected them roughly 50 years ago along the Illahee Shoreline (see attached photos).  We were surprised that they had come from here because we had never seen shells like these along the beach.  Should these be shown as an indication of how the beach creatures have changed over the years?  This is just one question or issue that we may want to see included.  Shelly is a biologist and is interested in issues like this.

Sediment Issues.  A number or shoreline residents have commented on the buildup of sediment, primarily north of Illahee Creek and around the Illahee Community dock.  Should we have a diver film the buildup of sediment under the dock and floats?  And there are stories about people getting stuck in the mud in the vicinity of the dock.  Should these be included?  What about those waterfront property owners whose shellfish beds have disappeared?

Who Should be Interviewed?  We will need to come up with a list of those in the area who should be interviewed or whose story should be told.  There are residents who have lived near Illahee Creek and know it better than anyone.  Also, there are those who have lived on the shoreline at areas from University Point to Illahee State Park, and places in between, who can tell us the changes they have seen over the years.

Who Should Attend?  Anyone who has ideas and who would like to have some input into the Illahee film.  Remember that Illahee is new to Shelly and she needs to be brought up to speed on the history.  We need broad input and hope to see many of you there.

Jim Aho

>Wildlife&Miscellaneous – 8/21/10

>Salmon Jumping.  It is that time of year when we should be salmon jumping as they pass through Illahee waters, and we have a report that at least one was seen jumping north of the Illahee community dock.


Shoreline Presentation on Monday.  Don’t forget to attend the Illahee community meeting on Monday at the Sylvan Way library at 6:15 pm where there will be two county persons giving a presentation on the ongoing Shoreline Master Program (SMP) update.  We have over 3 miles of shoreline and many have views of the water, or appreciate the shoreline areas, and they all should have a say as to what they want in a shoreline program. This is the best time to have your voices heard, while the county and Task Force are taking input.

Public Access at Community Dock.  We had several responses about the public access steps at the Illahee Community Dock.  Some were unaware that there were steps to get down to the beach, and others were unaware that the steps belong to the Port of Illahee and that the Port of Illahee had the steps put in a number of years ago.  Public Access will also be one of the items discussed at the SMP briefing on Monday.

Sharpe-shinned Hawk.  We received a picture of a sharp-shinned hawk the other day, which is attached.  This one is at the waterfront, which seemed rather unusual.

Coyote Reports.  We have had several reports about coyotes, and in some areas residents are warned to keep their cats inside.  The following report shows that they may be expanding their territory.
Tues. night at dusk in the vincinity of the Rue Villa mailboxes an animal made a quick crossing of the Illahee road from the water side to the uphill side. It was smaller than a young deer but larger than most dogs in the area, light in color and fast. My initial impression was that of a coyote. There have been some mauling and killing of racoons in the area recently. I have never seen a coyote in the Illahee area. 

Dead Deer.  We have been asked not to show pictures of dead deer on these Updates, but we need to report that at least one doe and one fawn have been hit by cars and killed in the area.  Some were wondering if the two twin fawns they saw without their mother, could have been the offspring of the doe that got hit.  Two neighbors buried it.  

The other report of the dead fawn is a sad one as the mother stayed in the brush near the fawn until it was picked up by the county road crew, and then the mother was seen going up and down the area, seemingly looking for it.  We need to let residents know that the county will pick up dead deer along the road if you call them.  Please let us know also so we can try to keep track of what is happening.

Illahee Preserve Work Party Report.  There was another massive work party at the Illahee Preserve this past Wednesday.  Our estimate was about 50, though not all signed in, so we don’t have a totally accurate count.  We have found out one of the secrets to the Rotary’s work party successes, which is also having water and food.  There were at least 5 Illahee residents who showed up.  And it was notable that there were 20 wheel borrows in use to move the wood chips.  We will try to attach two photos, one showing a log being moved to line the path of the rain garden, and the other being a group photo, but after a number had already left.  Below is the East Bremerton Rotary report of the work party:
The East Bremerton Rotary conducted another very productive work party at Illahee Forest Preserve on Wednesday, August 18th.  The focus was beautification of the Almira parking lot, as well as adding wood chips to the trail system.  36 people helped out including Marines from Bangor, members of Washington Youth Academy, and 13 East Bremerton Rotarians.  Thanks to grillmaster Andy Graham of McClouds Restaurant for bringing & tending the BBQ and thanks to Costco (JeanMarie Harmon) for providing the food.  Attached is a photo excluding the Washington Youth Academy who needed to leave before the photo was taken.  Andy Graham is the one in the back doing a Y-M-C-A spell out.
Jim Aho  

>Meetings&Work Party Info – 8/15/10

>Illahee Forest Preserve Meeting on Tuesday.  On Tuesday (8/17) the Illahee Forest Preserve (IFP) will meet at 6:30 pm at the Port of Illahee office at 5560 Ocean View Boulevard.  The IFP is a not-for-profit corporation established to support the Illahee Preserve and they welcome anyone interested to join them.  Their contributions, and those of the East Bremerton Rotary, to the 460 acre Illahee Preserve has become more important as funding for county parks has decreased.  The IFP group is working on a formal dedication of the Almira parking lot to take place this fall, along with many other issues.  


Illahee Preserve Work Party on Wednesday.  There will be another Illahee Preserve work party this Wednesday (8/18), sponsored by the East Bremerton Rotary.  There are still lots of wood chips to be placed on the trails and the paths through the rain garden will be lined with logs.  The work begins about 5:30 pm.

Community Meeting Next Monday 8/23/10.  There will be an Illahee Community meeting next Monday (8/23) at the Sylvan Way library beginning at 6:15 pm.  The first half of the meeting will be devoted to finding out more about the Shoreline Master Program (SMP) that is in the process a being updated.  Signs should be going up mid-week regarding the meeting.  Please encourage neighbors who don’t get these email updates to attend.

County Representatives to Present SMP Info.  There will be two Kitsap County representatives to present SMP information, and most importantly, they are there for residents to ask questions of them.  Comments from residents regarding shoreline designations are due on August 31, 2010 and we believe most residents are totally unaware of that deadline or what the possibilities are.

What Designations Should Illahee Shorelines Have?  We included in the last Update, the current shoreline designations for Illahee.  We are curious as to whether we can continue with our current designations, or if the State and the County want to change them.  This should be a good discussion item.

Public Access to Shorelines.  One of the issues to be discussed at the next SMP task force meeting on September 2, 2010 is whether the county is in compliance with the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) regarding the issue of Public Access.  We took a couple of pictures (attached) of the stairway at the Illahee Community Dock to show that at least in one area there is public access to the shorelines.  The public access requirements are described in WAC 173-26-221 (4).  We think the Illahee Community is in full compliance on this issue.



Jim Aho

>Miscellaneous Items – 7/25/10

>We were out of town for awhile and missed a number of events.


Bill Green Memorial Event at the Elks.  We heard the memorial at the Elks was nice tribute to Bill Green, and that Bill Enger did a nice job of moderating the event .  We were glad to see the coverage in the Kitsap Sun which is at the following link:  http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2010/jul/16/bill-green-remembered-as-a-reliable-coworker/ target=”_blank”

Sunken Sail Boat at the Illahee Dock.  We also heard a sailboat sunk at the Illahee community dock last weekend and hope that someone may have taken photos and/or have more information, so we can pass them on.

Illegal Dumping.  We receive several emails about some illegal dumping, but without the photos or location.  We need more information so we can pass that information on also.

Gun Shots Fired.  We noticed the following story in the Kitsap Sun and hope someone has some more information on this incident.  Two Arrested in Illahee After Multiple Gun Shots  http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2010/jul/17/two-arrested-illahee-after-multiple-gun-shots/ target=”_blank”

Some Responses Regarding Shoreline Walking.  A couple of weeks ago we asked if anyone had thoughts regarding the Public Trust Doctrine and being able to walk on the beaches in Illahee.  We only received two email comments which are:


Re: Beach walking: I suggest you look into the public trust doctrine in Washington. Here is a good overview to start with:
In Caminiti v. Boyle, the Court upheld the dock leasing statute.  But, in a lengthy analysis, it acknowledged that the public trust doctrine has always existed in Washington.  While the state may convey title to tidelands and shorelands, the private owner does not receive the full “bundle of sticks” that all first-year law students learn about in property law.  Instead, the state retains a “jus publicum” or public easement on the lands.  The state may no more dispose of these public rights than it may abdicate its police powers to run the government or preserve the peace.

Why shouldn’t you be able to walk on the beach. If your just walking and looking at critters and rocks… why not. Unless things are out of hand, people are abusing the area or being disrespectful, you should be able to cruz by without being scorned and bullied.  It’s on loan from God anyway. 

Homeless Reports in the Kitsap Sun.  We received a number of inquires about the recent articles in the Kitsap Sun about problems with the homeless in an encampment along state highway 303, with people wondering if the homeless were in the Illahee Preserve.  The answer is that the encampment is behind Safeway, though some of people had previously been in the Illahee Preserve.  The major concern with homeless in the Preserve is the fire danger with the Preserve and surrounding forested areas being roughly about 600 acres surrounded by houses.  There are no fires of any kind allowed in the Preserve, but that rule was routinely violated by those who were camping in the Preserve and a number of months ago a transient with a fire was burned so bad he had to be flown to Harbor View for treatment.  The Parks Department and Illahee Preserve groups are carefully watching the homeless situation across the road at Safeway since if it is not resolved the people may be looking at returning to the Preserve.

Reports and Comments.  If it is easier for you to report on any if the events we noted earlier rather than sending an email, please feel free to call at 479-1049.

Jim Aho

>Tuesday Evening Mussel Sampling – 1/14/10

>Mussel Sampling at Illahee Dock.  On Tuesday evening, 1/12/10, three Navy civilian personnel collected mussel samples at the Illahee Community dock and we tried to capture the event with this brief report and photos.


Three Separate Sites Selected.  In order to get a representative sample, three separate sites were selected at the dock.  The first site was from the cross sections of the wood pilings.  The second was from a concrete piling supporting the main structure.  And the third site was from one of the outward float pilings.  See the first three photos of the site sampling locations.

Piling Habitat.  The dock pilings provide an ideal habitat for mussels, along with other creatures, including barnacles, fish and worms.  Sea stars, or starfish, keep the lower portion of the pilings clean as they eat the mussels and barnacles.  The mussels grow generally to the mean high tide water mark along with the barnacles that grow from the base of the pilings to above mean high tide.  Note the close up of the sampling site showing the mussels and the barnacles.

Fish & Worm Habitat.  We were surprised to see that small fish remained high up on the pilings hiding in the mussels and barnacles during the low tide.  See the photo of the prickleback or gunnel fish in the sampling bucket.  The next photo shows the orange eggs from these fish, whatever kind of fish it was.  It appeared to us to be a gunnel, but the scientists called it a prickleback, so maybe someone can help us with the difference.  We think the picture was more eel like, which to us would indicate a gunnel, but we were not sure so we labeled the photos ‘pricleback or gunnel.’  And as for the worm, Robert Johnston, the leader of the Navy team and a Phd, and on the Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel, explained what it was, but we didn’t write it down in the rain and will need others to help us name it.

Results?  The samples were going to be sent to the Battell Labs in Sequim a the results will eventually be shared with the Port of Illahee and we will get a copy to share with the Illahee Community.

Thanks to the Navy.  We want to thank the Navy and Bob Johnston and his team for letting us observe and photograph the event.



Jim Aho

>Miscellaneous Items – 1/10/10

>Response to White-Fronted Goose Report.  We are amazed at the responses we often get to our updates, and also where they are read.  The attached is an example.


That appears to be the same white-fronted goose that appeared in our waterfront Poulsbo yard on November 4.  He was with a larger flock of Canada geese.  They hung around for three days, then left.  I assumed that they had resumed their southward migration.  Evidently, they did, but only as far as Illahee. 

Whitefronts are the first North American goose species to head south in the fall.  They typically winter in deep southern California, Mexico and the Gulf Coast.  I was surprised to see one still here as late as November.  Now here it is January and he is still here!  Evidently, he plans to stay with the local Canadas through the winter.


Small Squid Being Caught.  We were at the Illahee Community Dock the other night and saw some of the smallest squid we’ve ever seen being caught.  Attached are a couple of photos.  These photos were taken the same night North Perry Water had shut down the water for a couple of hours while they fixed a leak on the waterline going along Illahee Road.



Mussel Testing at the Illahee Dock.  We were info’d on the attached request and hope to get some pictures of the collecting of mussel sample at the Illahee dock on Tuesday evening.  The Port approved the request and asked that they share the results with the Port.

As part of the Navy’s ENVVEST ambient monitoring program for Sinclair
and Dyes Inlets we are coordinating with the Puget Sound Mussel Watch
Program to establish additional mussel sampling stations within the
Sinclair/Dyes system and would like to establish a mussel sampling site
at the Illahee Port District pier.  We would like to collect mussel
specimens from the pier for residue analysis of heavy metals, PAHs,
PCBs, stable isotopes, and lipids to assess long term environmental
quality trends in the area. We are currently targeting the sampling at
the Illahee Dock for the evening of Jan 12 (during low tide). I have a
scientific collection permit from WDFW and we will be following the NOAA
Mussel Watch sampling protocols.

Appeal Hearing Dates.  The dates for the two upcoming appeal hearing have now been established.  The Shoreline Hearings Board appeal date was established earlier as April 12, 2010 and the Superior Court hearing date was set on Friday as April 20, 2010.

Appeal Questions Being Asked.  The most frequent question asked is whether the developer has responded to the Community’s most recent letter requesting a lower density?  The answer is NO.

Next Question Asked.  The next most asked question is do you think the Community has a chance of winning?   Our response is we certainly hope so as some of the issues, like the fairness doctrine, is clearly stated in Washington State statutes and was clearly violated, though the county will likely argue otherwise.

Favorite Questions.  The questions we think the Community likes best are the ones we have heard like who do I make the check out to? and what is the address of the Illahee Community Club (ICC)?  The ICC has informed us that they do need additional financial support for the two appeals and contributions can be sent to the ICC, P.O. Box 2563, Bremerton, WA 98310.

Costly Appeals.  We just heard that this years financial report for the ICC indicated over $15,000 was received and roughly the same amount was expended in 2009, with most of the costs for legal expenses.  In 2008 the amount was roughly $20,000 with most of that going toward legal expenses that resulted in a mediated settlement to eliminate the proposed outfall at the dock.  

Another Possible Mediated Settlement?  We talked with some who are hoping the latest Timbers Edge appeals will also end up with a mediated settlement beneficial to the community, and that the legal battles in Illahee will soon end so we can move on to more productive projects.  We couldn’t agree more.

Thoughts or Comments?  We welcome your thoughts and comments on these Updates.

Jim Aho