Testimony of Charles Shank To the Kitsap County Planning Commission On June 5, 2012

You can save a salmon with a buffer or a lawn.

Part of the Shoreline Master Plan (SMP) update required by the Department of Ecology (DOE) has to do with using buffers for pollutant removal in order to make the receiving waters of Puget Sound healthy for salmon.

Given the apparent conflict between buffers and vegetated filtration strips and the origin of both as the basis for removing pollutants from sheetflowing stormwater going into Puget Sound, it’s puzzling at best, and troubling otherwise, as to why the DOE is requiring only one method over the other.

As a civil engineer/land surveyor before retirement, I was curious as to why the DOE was not using the “vegetated filtration strip” for pollutant removal as allowed in the Stormwater Design Manual (SDM) I was familiar with — turns out that manual was retired as well a couple years ago.

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