If you read the Kitsap County Shoreline Masterplan Update you could be lead to believe that shoreline residential owners are a major source of pollution to the Puget Sound and need to be controlled by restricting of up to 130 feet of their property to native vegetation only. These restrictions are placed on the property at the time a building permit is applied for; backed up by the requirement for a performance bond and a permanent notice placed on the land title.
In the last six mouths Municipal sewage overflow has dumped over 25 Million gallons of untreated sewage into the sound closing beaches and restricting shellfish harvest.
- Thanksgiving 2011 Everett 25 Million gallons
- Thanksgiving 2011 Bremerton 700,000 gallons
- Apr 3 2012 Bainbridge Island 10,000 gallons
- Apr 19 2012 Bremerton 1000 gallons
- May 7 2012 Bremerton 50,000 gallons
The single greatest source of non-point pollution in the sound is stormwater runnoff from our roads. If the county was serious about cleaning up the Sound. It would establish a list of the major contributors to Sound pollution, establish a priority list of actions to reduce pollution and measure results.
Attend the City and County SMP meetings and ask about the science and priorities.