Illahee Photos. Some recent colorful photos looking toward Mount Rainer.
Hazel Nut Tree Blossoms. Spring must be just around the corner when the hazel nut trees start blooming. The catkins are prominent now, and on hazel and oak trees, they are male. According to Wikipedia “The word catkin is a loanword from the Dutch katteken, meaning “kitten”, on account of the resemblance to a kitten’s tail.”
Morning Greeting. Most mornings this time of year we are greeted with seals on a nearby float. We noticed 13 seals on the float this morning with a loon in the background, which made this a photo worth sharing. With so many resident seals in the area it is surprising that we have any salmon that make it to Illahee Creek.
The logjam engineer came to the event and loved the Illahee story. He said they can easily work on your project cost effectively… Cheap – cheap – cheap he kept saying…The event was Fun, Fun, fun…..
We had some big name government people from DOE and Salmon Recovery Board open the event.
The Illahee film is scheduled to show in Port Townsend at the Rose Theater Dec 9th… We are going to secure some GREAT exposure for you. If willing, please advertise the Dec 9th event at the Rose. I forgot to ask Jim to advertise the Olympia Event.
Anyway, its fun to see all these stories on a big screen… Mind you their projector was crappy but not as bad as the Admiral Theatre projector. These old theaters don’t have the greatest equipment. Our own equipment is better than the last 2 theaters combined.
Illahee Preserve Fill Area. There have been many questions regarding the clearing of the area behind the kiosk at the Almira entrance to the Illahee Preserve. It all began with finding out about 50 yards of clean fill sediment from the cleanout of the Illahee Creek culvert being hauled away to Holly. We need fill at the Almira entrance to build up the area for a future covered shelter (just north east of the kiosk) and subsequently met with Public Works, Parks, Stewardship members, and Illahee Forest Preserve members to discuss what needed to be done. The first requirement was to finish cleaning the area of all the woody debris, including stumps, which began shortly after the meeting and is continuing as shown in the photos. Soon we hope trucks will be arriving to dump clean fill dirt into the area, as it becomes available. This can be a win-win situation as it is much less expensive than having to go all the way to Holly to dump their loads.
Ducks Find Ditch. With 0.6 inches of rain today (5/21/12) we weren’t surprised to see a couple of Mallard ducks swimming in a local ditch.
re: the store… removing the pumps is a 2 hr deal. What the owner would almost certainly have to do before being able to sell the property is to certify that there is no sub-soil contamination by leaked petroleum products. Certification would be done by drilling cores and doing soil testing, but as long as tanks are in place that’s a waste of time – if not leaking today, they will tomorrow. Drilling is a long & loud process – you would be aware if it had happened. Plus, in the second photo you can clearly see that the underground storage tanks are still in place. Those tanks are almost certainly steel and they have almost certainly leaked. Given proximity to the Sound, someone will eventually have to drain & excavate those tanks, then dig up any contaminated soil and have it trucked to a hazardous waste disposal facility. It will cost tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. Another option will be to declare strategic bankruptcy, default the property to the county for unpaid taxes, and the county will get stuck for the remediation. Neither option I’m sure is very interesting to the owner. Third option would be if some large corporate entity wanted the property badly enough to take on the cost of remediation as part of the transfer of ownership. Given the size of the site and the level of traffic, that doesn’t seem likely to me.
Leasing the property to a new operator, on the other hand, would bring in a revenue stream while leaving the ticking time bomb undisturbed. Of course the longer it sits the more expensive to clean. It would be interesting to know what year the first underground storage tanks were installed on the site. I expect someone knows the answer to that one.
I’m sure Port of Illahee (or anyone) would be glad to own this location if environmental certification is part of the deal. Otherwise, it’s a pig in a poke.
Kitsap County Green Stormwater Retrofit
(Port Orchard, WA) – Kitsap County received four grants from the Washington State Department of Ecology to build green stormwater retrofit projects in Manchester, Illahee, Silverdale, and in some County parks. The grant funds will be combined with funds from the Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management utility. These green stormwater projects will use native plants, healthy soils, and permeable pavement to manage stormwater on properties in a cleaner, more natural way. They will result in healthier water in our streams and Puget Sound.