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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: May 27, 2014
Contact: Chris May, Program Manager
Kitsap County Stormwater Division
No: 2014-061

County stormwater program changes name

(Port Orchard, WA) – Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management (SSWM) unveiled their new name (Clean Water Kitsap) and logo at a dedication ceremony at 2033 NW Bobwhite Lane, Silverdale on May 22. The dedication featured a gathering of about 70 from partner agencies, community members and Kitsap County Commissioners Rob Gelder and Linda Streissguth.

Commissioner Linda Streissguth noted, “It seems fitting that we are making this change in 2014, at the 20 year mark of this innovative and nationally-recognized program. It is built upon partnerships between agencies, volunteers and community groups.”

Commissioner Rob Gelder spoke about the expertise and community involvement of the partnership, “Our community may not know what their stormwater fees pay for or think about stormwater management every day. But, Kitsap residents benefit every day – rain or shine.”
The event featured a short video “What do Kitsap residents say about pollution, streams and Puget Sound?” www.vimeo.com/kitsap/cwk, unveiling the new logo and getting dirty planting a retrofitted storm pond.

The site of the dedication was at a newly retrofitted stormwater pond, which was increased for storm storage by 20% and over 2,000 new plants put in the ground. It provides not only a more natural way to clean up runoff, but also a walking path enhancing the community. The plants provide wildlife habitat for birds and pollinators and will shade out weeds. After plants are established maintenance will be reduced. Many stormwater ponds are in the process of this type of conversion across the county.

Revising the name and look was not seen as a re-invention but a logical next phase of clarifying the vision and mission. The new name and new look is a product of input from community members and partner staff. We heard strongly that we are approachable, professional, innovative, responsible, and focused.

The fund is managed by Kitsap County Public Works, and the partners are Kitsap Public Health District, Kitsap Conservation District and WSU Kitsap Extension. It is a multi-agency partner approach to reduce flooding, prevent pollution and restore fish habitat.

Click here for pictures taken at the launch event.

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Last Updated:  May 27, 2014