FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||June 26, 2014
Christina Kereki, Environmental Planner, Department of Community
County partners with private
property owner to remove old bulkhead and restore beach
US EPA Grant helps return Dyes Inlet
shoreline to more natural state
(Port Orchard, WA) –
A beach restoration project to remove a 400-foot long, creosote-timber
bulkhead along a private shoreline on the east shore of Dyes Inlet, north of
Anna Smith Children’s Park, begins Monday June 30. Kitsap County’s
Department of Community Development has worked collaboratively with the
landowner on the restoration design and permitting of this voluntary-based
project over the last two years. The project includes removal of the
bulkhead, installation of logs, and re-contouring of a small part of the
bluff. Funding for this project comes from an EPA grant and a 10% cost-share
from the landowner.
“The shorelines of Kitsap County are among our most important natural
assets,” according to Commissioner Linda Streissguth. “We welcome this
opportunity to remove an old bulkhead and restore the beach with cooperation
from a private property owner. It is these kinds of partnerships that
mutually benefit shoreline property owners and shoreline habitat.”
The bulkhead removal project is part of a larger Kitsap Regional Shoreline
Restoration Project funded by the EPA Watershed Assistance Program.
Bulkheads can prevent natural sediment input to beaches, and can impact
salmon feeding areas and forage fish spawning grounds.
The project studied all Kitsap County shorelines and identified the project
site as an important area for sediment input to beaches. The project serves
to demonstrate to other private landowners how ‘softer alternatives’ to
bulkheads, such as re-vegetation, re-sloping, and large wood installation
can be used for shore protection and improve habitat.
Construction should take about two weeks. Sealevel Bulkhead Builders was
awarded the construction contract..