The Kitsap Sun Editorial Board, which includes community members
as well as Sun employees, sat down yesterday with David Dicks,
executive director of the Puget Sound Partnership.
Dicks had just come off a tour of several low-impact development projects in Bremerton. He complimented the city for its downtown paving project using pervious asphalt. This and other low-impact development projects are designed to reduce stormwater pollution flowing into Puget Sound. I believe David’s group also got a chance to see a couple of East Bremerton parks that are using pervious pavement, rain gardens and green roofs.
The interview, shown in two segments on this page, begins with David talking about the background and accomplishments of his agency. Questions began with how the agency is responding to the recent state audit report, which was highly critical of some of the Partnership’s purchasing and contracting practices.
David Dicks, who grew up spending time on Hood Canal, talked about some of the special places on the Kitsap Peninsula and elsewhere in Puget Sound, along with the need to direct development to places where it will cause less harm. He talked about the effort to use science to set priorities and the need to measure success using environmental indicators.
Creating incentives to encourage restoration — including use of the state budget and naming of “partners” — are among the ongoing efforts.
David talked about education and the need for the public to understand the problems facing Puget Sound and to help with solutions — both in their own lives and in the overall effort.
Focusing on Hood Canal, he talked about the low-oxygen problem and efforts to address those problems.
Toward the end, David Dicks addressed population growth, the desire of people to move to the Puget Sound region and how he is interconnecting his agency with the Puget Sound Regional Council to plan for growth. He also talked about the prospects of developing Port Gamble and protecting other parts of North Kitsap from the effects of development.