Shorelines planning nears the starting gate

Kitsap County’s natural resources staff is busy getting ready to launch a two-year planning effort that will result in a revised shoreline master program.

The first goal is to complete a contract with the Washington Department of Ecology. The contract will spell out commitments by both the county and Ecology and provide key elements of a work schedule.

Other efforts in the works include a community involvement plan, which will specify not only how interested people can become involved but when special efforts should be made to inform the public about specific elements.

In my story in today’s Kitsap Sun, I touched on a relatively new report called the “East Kitsap County Nearshore Habitat Assessment and Restoration Prioritization Framework.”

The report analyzes how much of East Kitsap’s shoreline has been altered, and it lays out a framework for prioritizing restoration projects. Restoration is not required by state law, but the county must examine potential restoration strategies in updating the shorelines plan.

If you have not seen the East Kitsap nearshore assessment, it probably would be worth your time to take a look. A similar report is in the works for the Hood Canal side of Kitsap County.

Although I tend to forget it, the shorelines plan also covers lakes and streams.

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