>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.