“Washington's first electric school bus rolls through Tacoma”

“In Washington, we’re electrifying planes, trains, ferries and automobiles," Inslee said. "And today, we’re showing we can electrify buses, too. It’s exciting to celebrate the first electric school bus in Washington state, because this effort is, ultimately, all about our kids and their future.”

— source: Gov. Inslee Press Updates <press@updates.gov.wa.gov> 17 June 2019

Eliminating nearshore habit in the South Puget Sound and soon in the Hood Canal.

Low tide reveals row after row of aquaculture PVC pipes replacing natural shoreline habitat as well as PVC litter. Go to the 9 April “Protect Our Shoreline News” blog to see the pictures of how our shoreline habitat is becoming industrialized.


8 October Public Forum on I-1631 (the Clean Energy initiative), Poulsbo

Public Forum on Initiative 1631 (the Clean Energy initiative)
When: 8 Oct 2018 (Monday), 6:30 p.m.
Where: Poulsbo City Hall
What: speakers talking of the initiative’s pros and cons

This forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Kitsap (www.lwv-kitsap.org). A second public forum (discussing I-1634, the soda tax) is also being presented this same night.

PBS NewsHours series on plastics

PBS NewsHour is televising a great series on plastics. You can find the videos and transcripts at the following sites:

23 Sep 2018    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/scientists-study-the-impact-of-hidden-plastic-to-curb-pollution

25 Sep 2018    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/plastic-lasts-more-than-a-lifetime-and-thats-the-problem

25 Sep 2018    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/what-if-we-could-put-our-plastic-trash-to-good-use

26 Sep 2018  https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/why-it-will-take-more-than-basic-recycling-to-cut-back-on-plastic

 Also on this topic, an e-article about the plastic in our clothes, and how microfibers from those clothes wash into the ocean, can be found at https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/9/19/17800654/clothes-plastic-pollution-polyester-washing-machine

Boundary Line Adjustments in Kitsap County

Kitsap County needs an ordinance  regulating boundary line adjustments. Kitsap County is one of the few counties in western Washington without an ordinance that regulates boundary line adjustments; consequently, 1 dwelling units per five acres can be subdivided into 120 lots, as the case below demonstrates. For those desiring to prevent abuse of how development occurs in Kitsap County, please contact your County Commissioners and request that we have an ordinance that regulates boundary line adjustments. For those wishing to write to the County Commissioners and the involved principals in the Kitsap Dept. of Community Development, the points of contact are

Commissioner Garrido           cgarrido@co.kitsap.wa.us
Commissioner Rob Gelder   rgelder@co.kitsap.wa.us
Commissioner Ed Wolfe       ewolfe@co.kitsap.wa.us

Kitsap County Dept. of Community Development
Director DCD Louisa Garbo  lgarbo@co.kitsap.wa.us
Scott Diener                             SDiener@co.kitsap.wa.us
   (Manager, Development Services and Engineering, DCD)
Shawn Alire                             salire@co.kitsap.wa.us
BACKGROUND:      How 1DU /5 acres can transform into 120 lots—as a WSCC member observed happening in Kitsap County. As he related:  
     “Of particular importance is the slight-of-hand that a developer here in Kitsap County managed to execute by bypassing Kitsap County Code Title 16Subdivision.” The developer “used the State Boundary Line Adjustment (BLA) statute to initiate a development . . . without the County even being aware that a development had begun. In April the County issued them a Stop Work Order that they have apparently had lifted. In a recent meeting with Kitsap County DCD we were told that even with a designation of Rural Residential (1 DU/5 acres) because there were ‘legacy lots’ on this parcel of land it could be subdivided into approximately 120 lots.
     “In the past there had evidently been a proposed Kitsap County ordinance to prevent this from happening in the future. This proposed ordinance was defeated by a 2-1 vote of the BoCC. It appears that Kitsap County is one of the few counties in Western Washington that does not have such an ordinance.”

[Addendum note: per a 9 Aug 2018 e-notification from Kitsap County News, the boundary review meeting of 9 August was cancelled because of electrical issues; it will be rescheduled for a later date.]

“Projected Sea Level Rise for Washington State—A 2018 Assessment”

A 3 August 2018 “Watching Our Waterways blog post by Christopher Dunagan of the Kitsap Sun announced recently published work that drills down on how much sea levels are projected to rise in specific locations along the Washington State shoreline. The provided link is “Projected Sea Level Rise for Washington State” (PDF 10.4 mb).

The citation is Miller, I.M., Morgan, H., Mauger, G., Newton, T., Weldon, R., Schmidt, D., Welch, M., Grossman, E. 2018. Projected Sea Level Rise for Washington State – A 2018 Assessment. A collaboration of Washington Sea Grant, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Oregon State University, University of Washington, and US Geological Survey. Prepared for the Washington Coastal Resilience Project. <http://www.wacoastalnetwork.com/files/theme/wcrp/SLR-Report-Miller-et-al-2018.pdf> accessed 4 Aug 2018.

Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan

            The following links were suggested by the Kitsap County Dept. of Community Development for those wishing to know more about the Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan and the 2018 Comprehensive Plan amendments. The full amendments, staff reports, and SEPA documents will be available for public review and comment in June.


·         Online Open House for the 2018 annual amendment process

·         Subscribe to receive future email notifications – to subscribe to specific topics you may be interested in

o    Community Development News

o    Comprehensive Plan Announcements

o    Kitsap County Code Update Announcements

o    Shoreline Master Program Announcements

·         Online form to suggest future Comprehensive Plan amendments

·         Online form to suggest future Kitsap County Code amendments

·         Kitsap County Non-Motorized Facilities Plan information (staff contact: David Forte, Transportation Planning Supervisor; 360-337-7210; dforte@co.kitsap.wa.us)

For more information regarding the location of site-specific amendments (this document includes parcel numbers that can be looked up in the Kitsap County Parcel Search Map).”