Shoreline task force talks should be lively

As a reporter, I’m looking forward to meetings of a task force that will assist with updating the Kitsap County Shorelines Management Program. The 20-member task force is a diverse group, and I expect some lively discussions about how our local shorelines should be managed.

I understand that the first meeting of the task force coming up on Thursday (and possibly others) will include discussions about how the meetings will be conducted. I think the early meetings are designed to get people up to speed on the ecology of shorelines and their importance to various species. The meetings are scheduled twice a month through June of next year.

In a meeting I covered Thursday, Washington Department of Ecology officials stressed the state’s mandate of “no net loss of ecological function” going into the future. This whole notion raises a lot of questions, given that development will continue along the shorelines. See the story I wrote for Friday’s Kitsap Sun.

By the way, Kitsap County residents are encouraged to complete an online survey about how people use the shorelines and how they would like these areas to be managed in the future. The survey is linked from the county’s shorelines page.

Also of interest at the bottom of that page are shoreline photos submitted by area residents. People are encouraged to add their own favorite photos to the site.

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