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614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598

Date: June 18, 2007
Contact: Val Koehler, Natural Resources Division stream team coordinator
Phone: (360)
No. 07-45

Kitsap County to hold open houses on nearshore salmon habitat assessment work

PORT ORCHARD, WA—From the Kitsap/Pierce County line all the way to Foulweather Bluff in Hansville, teams of scientists will be walking along the 156 miles of saltwater beaches of east Kitsap County from now until October, collecting important data on nearshore salmon habitat.

Headed by Kitsap County’s Natural Resources Division with support from the Suquamish Tribe, Washington Sea Grant and Battelle Marine Sciences Laboratory, the “East Kitsap Nearshore Salmon Habitat Assessment” invites people to learn more about this exciting project at four open houses in July in August. All meetings will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

July 2: Manchester Library, 8067 E. Main Street, Manchester

July 18: Eagles Nest, Kitsap County Fairgrounds, 1200 NW Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton

August 7: Poulsbo Library, 700 NE Lincoln Street, Poulsbo

August 22: Kingston Community Center, 11212 State Highway 104, Kingston

Along with updated information on the progress of the assessment work, the open houses will offer opportunities to learn about our marine shoreline environment by providing resources to landowners on the functions, values and nature of their shoreline, and to provide landowners with stewardship activities for preserving and restoring private and public marine shorelines and estuaries.

Paid for by a grant by the Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board with additional staff and resources from the Suquamish Tribe, the project consists of up to three scientists per team, equipped with portable Global Positioning System (GPS) units and digital cameras to record natural and man-made beach characteristics. Done by both boat and beach walking, the information gathered by the field work will provide the best available science on the health of the shoreline. This work will be done at a fairly brisk walking pace since time and optimum low tides are limited.

Informational letters and brochures have been and will continue to be mailed to waterfront property owners prior to the scheduled arrival of the assessment teams visiting their area. The first mailing was sent to waterfront property owners from the Kitsap/Pierce County line to Manchester on May 14.

Additional project information can be found online at

To contact the Kitsap County Public Information Officer, 
call Clarence Moriwaki at 360-337-4481 or email:

Last Updated:  May 27, 2014