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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598

Date: November 29, 2007
Contact: Keith Folkerts
Phone: (360) 337-7098
No. 07-83

Kitsap County and Suquamish Tribal Council to co-host celebration of acquiring vital Chico Estuary waterfront open space, Dec. 5, 1 – 1:30 PM

PORT ORCHARD, WA—Restoring lower Chico Creek – the heavily impacted section of the most productive salmon stream in Kitsap County – is the goal behind the recent acquisition by Kitsap County of more than 670 feet of vital shoreline on the Chico Creek Estuary.

A celebration of the $500,000 purchase will be hosted by Kitsap County and the Suquamish Tribal Council on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1 – 1:30 PM at 4300 Kitty Hawk Drive NW, Bremerton WA. (Driving directions: from State Highway 3 take the Chico Way Exit, turn south on Chico Way (1/2 mile), turn left on Erlands Point Road (1/2 mile), turn left on Kitty Hawk Dr NW. Parking available along the side of the road)

The Suquamish Tribal Council – that provided the final $160,000 needed for the purchase – will announce the new name for the Chico Estuary waterfront at the event. The Washington state Recreation and Conservation Office provided another $160,000, and $180,000 came in the form of a landowner donation from Cascade Evergreen.

“Already the home to Kitsap County’s most productive salmon stream, through our perseverance and continued stewardship, Chico Creek can become the environmental jewel of Central Puget Sound,” Kitsap County Board of County Commissioners Chair Josh Brown said.

The 3.23 acre parcel – 2.69 acres upland and .54 acres in tide flats – will be managed by Kitsap County primarily for its excellent salmon and shellfish habitat, and it is a key parcel for the long-term vision of restoring the entire lower Chico Creek that would include removal of roads, culverts and new bridge on State Highway 3.

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

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