||November 14, 2008
Chico Creek Mainstem Restoration Project
(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown and representatives from the County’s Department of Community Development invite residents to attend a ceremony to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the Chico Creek Mainstem Restoration Project. The ceremony is Friday, November 21st at 10:00 a.m. on the grounds of Kitsap Golf and Country Club.
This marks a major success for Kitsap County, Kitsap Golf and County Club, Salmon Recovery Funding Board and Puget Sound. Chico Creek is western Puget Sound’s most productive salmon stream and is a high priority for restoration. "This project is significant for a variety of reasons," noted County Commissioner Josh Brown. "Earlier this year, the project was in danger of not getting constructed due to lack of people and insufficient funds. Through the enormous and continued efforts of County staff and partners, including the golf course, Mason Conservation District, Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Kitsap Conservation District, and the contractor, Northern ConAgg, the project was reorganized, re-designed and carried out successfully. People really pulled together to make this project a go."
Phase I of the Chico Mainstem Restoration Project establishes a more natural stream channel through the golf course to create new habitat, minimize flooding, and allow safe passage for migrating chum.
The project was funded primarily by the Salmon Recovery Funding Board, with additional contributions from American Rivers, Department of Ecology, Kitsap Conservation District, and Kitsap County’s Surface and Stormwater Management Program.
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