Photos. We have been asked to always include photos of Illahee, and whenever possible wildlife photos. If you have some to share just forward them to us.
Eagle Photos. The second photo was of a carving we saw on a walk.
Lost Cat. We received the color photo yesterday and noticed copies posted around the area during a walk this afternoon. We hope this helps.
Stream Stewards Class. Last time we mentioned this class at least one Illahee resident signed up and thanked us for letting them know about it. We attended the class when it was first offered and it was nicely done and gets better each year. We highly recommend it.
Learn all about Kitsap streams and watersheds and how you can help preserve and protect them
Do you want to learn about and explore forests and streams? On the Kitsap Peninsula, beautiful forests and small streams abound, making it the ideal place to learn about native plants, forests, wetlands, aquatic insects, and more. We also discuss our interaction with these resources and their protection, conservation, and restoration. We’ll spend plenty of time exploring outdoors.
During the training and field sessions you’ll have the opportunity to connect with experts and other local people who share your interests. We also provide opportunities for continuing education and involvement in volunteer activities around the county, including tree planting, streamside restoration, stream sampling, and teaching others at events like Salmon in the Classroom. This 5 week non-credit training is open to the public and taught by local and regional experts.
When: Thursdays, January 28 through February 25 from 9:00 to 3:00
Where: Room 406 in the Norm Dicks Government Center, Bremerton
Cost: $45, which includes class materials; scholarships are available
Mussel Testing. Mussel testing has been going on for years and there are several sites in Illahee. The Navy has been testing sites around Puget Sound and few years ago Kitsap County, working with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, began testing . The Navy is scheduled to take mussel samples from the Illahee dock on Saturday evening (1/23/16). County personnel and volunteers will pick up the mussels cages that have been in place north of the dock the evening of 2/7/16. Here is some information on the Navy sampling plans.
As part of the Navy’s ENVVEST ambient monitoring program for Sinclair and
Dyes Inlets we are conducting the Winter 2016 Mussel Watch Program to
sample mussel watch stations within the Sinclair/Dyes and Port Orchard
Passage system and are planning to collect mussel specimens from the
Illahee Port District pier on or about Jan. 23, 2106. This is the same
location that we sampled before. We would like to collect mussel specimens
for residue analysis of heavy metals, PAHs, PCBs, stable isotopes, and
lipids. I have a scientific collection permit from WDFW and we will be
following the NOAA Mussel Watch sampling protocols.
Store Comments? We are receiving some interesting comments after posting a photo of the hole in the roof of the old Illahee Store. If you have some thoughts regarding the store, let us know as we want to put them in an update.
First Fawn Picture. Thanks for those who share their photos including this one of a fawn, which was sent with the following note:
After reviewing the subject Notice of Application 13 00816 and the HMP, walking most of the steam bed on 6/26/13, and hearing on 6/27/13 how Kitsap County appears to think this application is going to be an improvement for the area, I would like to register my opposition to the application to reduce buffers and relocate the stream for the following reasons:
Re: Code Interpretation
1. Kitsap County has evidently taken liberties in their interpretation of the Kitsap County Code in the following instances:
a. In addition to allowing a buffer reduction of 50%, they are also allowing the minimum building setback of 15 feet to also be reduced by 50%.
b. And, evidently it is common practice to allow driveways within the reduced buffers. I can understand instances where driveways should be allowed within full buffers, but not within buffers already reduced by 50%.
2. Section 19.300.315.A “Buffers and Building Setback” addresses details specific to each issue and in Item 9 it does not refer the building setbacks as a buffer to also be reduced by 50%, but rather allows only “Minor structural or impervious intrusions into the areas …” The proposed setback of 7.5 feet is not a minor intrusion into the setback minimum of 15 feet.
9. “Building or Impervious Surface Setback Lines. A building or impervious surface setback line of 15 feet is required from the edge of any fish and wildlife habitat conservation area buffer. Minor structural or impervious surface intrusions into the areas of the setback may be permitted if the department determines that such intrusions will not adversely impact the fish and wildlife habitat conservation area. The setback shall be identified on a site plan and filed as an attachment to the notice as required by 19.100.150 (Critical Area and Buffer Notice to Title).”
Re: Stream Restoration Proposal
1. Any lot with a stream running though it is problematic, especially when the lot is rectangular and the stream orientation runs the long length of the lot.
2. Further complicating the issue is the area of the subject lot is encumbered by a number of manmade “enhancements” which include:
a. Major amounts of fill dirt brought in to fill the south end of the ravine in which the stream channel historically ran.
b. The wetland features of the area were eliminated, primarily to the west, with a curtain drain that pipes ground water directly into the stream channel. In spite of the curtain drain the area reportedly still floods during heavy rains.
c. A drainage pipe for other upland properties west of the stream also collects upland groundwater that is piped directly into the stream channel.
d. Reports that at one time a pond was envisioned between 1st Street and Wise Street and that some excavation was initiated.
e. Many of these items were likely the result of past actions and should be investigated.
f. The stream and area also has a fecal coliform pollution problem.
3. In spite of these manmade enhancements, the North Tributary of Illahee Creek has been flowing from the 1st Street culvert to the Wise Street culvert in a channel that is working, though there are blackberries covering roughly 80 feet of the upstream portion of the channel, which should not be a big restoration concern. The stream bed is walkable from the culvert under Wise Street up to the last approximately 80 feet. Flow control during major storms for this portion of the stream is provided by the smaller culvert on 1stStreet.
4. It appears the stream restoration proposal of this application is to move the stream to the west and out of the way of any reduced buffer intrusion and take care of the blackberries. Stream restoration projects are complex, not to mention those with other issues, and should be developed and designed by independent agencies and professionals, not beholden to any particular land owner. In this case it doesn’t make sense to relocate/disturb a streambed that has been in operation for nearly 40 years and call it a ‘restoration project’ just to be able to build a house next to the same, but relocated, stream.
5. The jurisdiction for any stream relocation lies with the Department of Fish and Wildlife and they should deny this application.
Re: Water Quality (Fecal) Issues
1. Water quality monitoring of the North Tributary of Illahee Creek was accomplished relatively recently which found high fecal coliform (FC) levels in the area. This would correspond with the reports of residents noting sewage smells coming from the area.
2. The information is found in the “Illahee Surface Water Management Plan (SWMP)” Grant G0700283 Final Report dated June 2011. Section 4 “Water Quality Monitoring” provides the details that include three monitoring sites at the mouth of the Wise Street culvert. The geometric mean for the three stations were 55, 22, and 79 with 50 being the standard for Illahee Creek, which indicates a fecal coliform pollution issue that needs to be addressed.
3. For those who want to see the details of the report, Section 4 of the report is attached.
Re: Water Quantity Issues
1. The Illahee Creek Watershed has some major issues that are referenced in the Parametix report “Illahee Creek Watershed Surface Water Management Plan” which available on the county’s website at http://www.kitsapgov.com/
Lost Cat. We hope there is a better ending to this cat than the one described in the next report. Attached is what we received late yesterday evening.
out” via your email newsletter.
black with white spots.
Attached is a somewhat recent photo.
We last saw her on Saturday and have looked around the beach and near
where we live on Derek Drive, but have found nothing.
I have posted some banners and put some flyers in mail boxes near where we live.
Like all pets, Libby has a special place in our hearts and having her
just disappear is very stressful. Any information, sightings or
anything, Good or BAD is appreciated. We fear the worst but hope for
Feel free to post my cell number in whatever you publish: Cell: 360-550-5552 .
Preserve Dumping. Another dumping of old furniture at the Illahee Preserve’s Almira parking lot occurred this past weekend.