Another New Sign. We noticed another new sign, this one at the Illahee Preserve at its Almira parking lot. Evidently it was to be part of the other signs installed at the Preserve on May 5th, but had some problems because of its portrait orientation, where the other signs were done in a landscape orientation. There are still some issues but it was decided it needed to be installed in time for Illahee Day on Saturday.
Storm Water Work at Rolling Hills. So what is going on with all the work at Rolling Hills Golf Course? It is all part of a plan to control the stormwater surges that are ravaging Illahee Creek and polluting Puget Sound. We talked with Kitsap County Public Works the other day and received the following information from Chris May:
Here’s a summary of what we are doing:
1. Along McWilliams we will be adding bioretention soil and reconfiguring the ditch to encourage more infiltration of road runoff and a reduce flows to the creek
2. We are constructing a stormwater wetland pond system on the GC property to treat water from the clubhouse and driving range area prior to it flowing into the creek tributary – this will also have bioretention features
3. We will be retrofitting the existing stormwater pond located in the Kariotis neighborhood so it performs better for both WQ treatment and flow control
4. KCD is focusing their residential rain garden efforts in the headwater areas of Illahee Creek this summer and next.
5. We will be hiring a consultant to design (2013) a new regional stormwater facility to be located at the GC and/or off McWilliams to deal with the flows entering the creek at the ravine – this will be constructed using Ecology Grant funds in 2014.
Christopher W. May PhD
Senior Program Director
Kitsap County Public Works
Surface and Stormwater Management (SSWM)
There has been some major work done on the golf course as can be seen from these photos.
For those traveling along McWillams Road on Monday and Tuesday they likely saw the ditch work done which also helps to control and infiltrate stormwater.
Thanks to Chris and Public Works for all their help, the staff at Rolling Hills, and we need to thank the Port of Illahee for initiating the project with the Department of Ecology grant to study the Illahee Creek watershed!
Deer Photos. The other day we asked for photos of some big bucks, and started receiving some emailed pictures right away.
Dove Photos. When we mentioned wanting to get photos of the white pigeons or doves we periodically see flying around Illahee, we received an email commenting about Eurasian Collared Doves. This was a new species to us so we thought we would pass their comments on. We took the picture below of what we think is a family of mourning doves. So now we are confused. Is the picture of morning doves or the Eurasian Collared Doves? Just so no one gets further confused the flock of white birds we sometimes see are definitely pigeons.
I’m guessing the bird folks are talking about is the Eurasian Collared Dove – seems to have moved in to our area this year. The new bird call is what got me researching initially. Here’s a link to both the description and the call.
Illahee Day – Preserve Opportunities. We are often asked about what people can do to help in the Preserve. Hauling trash is one item that can be problematic as we don’t have garbage service. When volunteers were clearing and preparing the Compass Circle meadow area, they dug up lots of trash as it once was a popular area for dumping. There is a pile of trash in one corner of the meadow that needs to be moved to the Petersville entrance and eventually brought to a dumpster. This seems like a prime opportunity for anyone wanting to help and could be done anytime before or on Saturday. There is also a small amount of trash, mostly wood, that could be hauled from the Almira parking lot to the dumpster. If you want to help in the Illahee Preserve and have other ideas, please drop us an email.
Port Meeting on Wednesday. The Port of Illahee’s regularly scheduled meeting is Wednesday (8/8/12) at 5 pm and we hope to find out about other cleanup opportunities the Port has in mind for its Illahee Day cleanup party so we can pass them on.