A roundup of local water stories plus odds and ends

If you haven’t heard, our blog server crashed on Monday and was on and off all day Tuesday. Hopefully, it’s back to normal, but the situation has thrown me off my game.

I’m taking the next two days off, so I may not post much, if anything, more until Monday. But feel free to comment on any of the items below or any other postings. There shouldn’t be much, if any, delay for your comments to appear.

So let’s catch up on a few local water-related stories in the news:

Haven Lake weed treatment: Lake resident Monica Harle turned up the heat on plans to treat the lake a second time when her attorney sent letters to area property owners. She has taken the legal position that the homeowners association, which ordered the treatment, cannot speak for all the property owners. As a result, killing the weeds could violate the property rights of those who don’t want the treatment. Read more in today’s story.

Seabeck Marina: Washington Department of Ecology has not squashed this project. In fact, agency officials seem to be saying that they’re looking for a way to approve it. Meanwhile, the Suquamish Tribe has indicated that it won’t stand in the way. Read Brynn Grimley’s story.

Shellfish settlement: Some commercial shellfish growers are wondering if the tribes will reject their claims for an exemption from 50-50 sharing. In comments on the story, some people are reacting by attacking the tribes. Please don’t overlook the most significant point: Attorneys for the growers helped negotiate a $33 million deal with the tribes that required certain documents as proof of commercial ownership. Since all the parties approved the deal, the tribes cannot be blamed if these documents are difficult to come by. It’s actually a pretty complicated issue, and I’ve tried to explain the basics in a story.

Chico Creek: The long-awaited Chico Creek restoration at Kitsap Golf and Country Club is under way, as I mentioned in a story Tuesday. It is unfortunate that the project had to be broken into two parts — three if you count the culvert replacement — but this should be a great improvement for salmon migration. By the way, planners are trying to decide where to install a salmon-viewing platform that I’m sure would get a lot of use.

One thought on “A roundup of local water stories plus odds and ends

  1. “…legal position that the homeowners association, which ordered the treatment, cannot speak for all the property owners….”

    On matters of poisoning the lake waters or vegetation around the homes… Monica Harle has to be right…but, usually, a homeowner association does manage the overall complex of homes within the association. Management is what the homeowner pays for yearly….but unless each homeowner agreed to the poisoning, the association shouldn’t be allowed to do it….so it seems to me.

    Thanks for the update, Chris…have a wonderful time off!
    Sharon O’Hara

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