FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||May 27, 2014
||Chris May, Program Manager
Kitsap County Stormwater Division
County stormwater program
(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?”
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
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.