Conference puts the spotlight on Bainbridge’s shorelines

Jay Manning, chief of staff for Gov. Chris Gregoire, will be the keynote speaker at the 2010 Bainbridge Environmental Conference on Sunday.

Manning, a Kitsap County native, previously served as director of the Washington Department of Ecology.

Focused on a shoreline theme, the conference will also will feature Ron Thom, a shoreline expert and co-author of the “Bainbridge Island Nearshore Assessment” used for shoreline planning. Thom works for Battelle’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Panel discussions will focus on the “Science of Shorelines,” led by Jim Brennan of Washington Sea Grant, and “Shoreline Master Program,” led by Barbara Nightingale of the Washington Department of Ecology.

The conference will be from 1 to 5:45 p.m. at IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Ave. NE. The conference fee is $25. An optional supper ($25) will follow the conference.

For registration and information, call (206) 842-1216 or go to