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6 thoughts on “Environmental enforcement: a matter of dollars and sense

  1. Why not ask for the help of retired folks…who might well volunteer if their gas bill is covered…

    All they would be doing is report on what they find…but what a time and cost savings for the county and taxpayers.
    Sharon O’Hara

  2. “Most jurisdictions report a lack of funding to accomplish those tasks…”

    Is it a lack of funding? Or that the existing funding is being spent elsewhere?

    Take Kitsap County, for example… Our entire Department of Natural Resources (within DCD) came into existence during our initial salmon recovery effort. I’m not sure what that program’s current budget is, but the last time I looked it was over $600,000/year.

    That should buy a lot of enforcement. If it is not being spent that way, whose fault is it: the taxpayers or the county’s? If the Puget Sound Partnership’s first instinct is to find a way to get “more funding”, I suggest they look within existing government budgets. If they look to the taxpayer, their cleanup efforts will – more than likely – meet with fierce opposition.

  3. Our group, Citizens Protecting Critical Areas, (CPCA), based in Jefferson County, have filed several complaints over violations of the Critical Areas Ordinance. Many times several members of the County staff have visited the site and conceded that they were indeed violations. There has been effectively no enforcement. Perhaps fewer site visits and more enforcement would be a better use of county funds.

  4. Susan…what does your group think of the notion that a builder can get a permit to build IF he relocates the 1/4 acre wetland he plans to fill, elsewhere?

    How is it possible to replicate a real wetland and all its intricacies?
    Why isn’t the builder told to work with and around the sensitive areas?

    Why hasn’t there been enforcement on the violations? Who is responsible for ignoring them?

  5. Sharon,
    CPCA does not think anyone should be able to relocate wetlands. We think the builder should be relocated.

    The County has just refused to enforce the Critical Area Ordinance regulations. The County is responsible.

  6. Then the County should be liable for damages…. for destroying/ changing forever our children’s future environment.
    Thank you, Susan…

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