Press release: Kitsap Conservation District hosts State Conservation Commission

Conservation leaders witness a community coming together to improve water resources

BREMERTON, WA – Local, state, federal, and tribal partners from across Washington convened in Bremerton last week to tour conservation projects in Kitsap County. The tour, hosted by Kitsap Conservation District, was part of the bi-monthly meeting of the Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC), the coordinating state agency for all conservation districts in Washington.

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This was the first time since 2009 that Kitsap Conservation District hosted the SCC meeting and tour. The agency’s 10-member governing board — representing state agencies, governor appointees, and conservation districts — meets six times a year in locations that rotate among the 45 conservation districts in the state.

The tour featured projects and services provided by Kitsap Conservation District that help residents maintain clean, healthy water resources. Attendees visited a floodplain restoration on Dickerson Creek, salmon habitat restoration on Big Scandia Creek, a stormwater control system at IOS Ranch, and the Kitsap Conservation District office.

The district office doubles as a demonstration site for several stormwater management practices, including a rain garden, permeable grid “pavement”, and a filtration garden for roof runoff. Such practices are gaining recognition following the release of a 2015 study that showed filtering stormwater through soil-based systems could be a major lifesaver for Coho salmon.

Mark Clark, executive director of the SCC, said he was impressed to see Kitsap Conservation District, the county, and private landowners collaborating to reduce water pollution.

“Water is a defining feature of Kitsap County — from Puget Sound, to Hood Canal, to the streams and the over 40 inches of rain that typically falls here each year,” said Clark. “It’s wonderful to see this community coming together to make protection and conservation of water resources a priority, and I’m proud of Kitsap Conservation District for being a leader in that effort.”

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To learn more about Kitsap Conservation District, visit http://kitsapcd.org/.