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<br />Michelle McConnell <br />From:John & Nancy Woolley [] <br />Sent:Wednesday, April 28, 2010 11:24 AM <br />To:Stewart, Jeff R. (ECY) <br />Subject:JeffersonCounty SMP Comments tor DOE <br />Categories:LASMP Public Comment <br /> <br /> <br />lympic <br /> <br /> Forest <br /> <br /> Coalition <br /> <br /> <br /> Protecting and restoring our Olympic forest and aquatic ecosystems <br /> <br />April 28, 2010 <br /> <br />Mr. Jeff Stewart <br />Regional Planner <br />Department of Ecology <br />PO Box 47775 <br />Olympia WA 98504 <br /> <br />Dear Mr. Stewart: <br /> <br />The Olympic Forest Coalition has about 700 members and friends in our organization whose mission <br />is to protect and restore our Olympic forest and aquatic ecosystems. At least half of these people live <br />in Jefferson County. Some of our board members also live in Jefferson County and have followed, <br />and participated in, the update to the Shorelines Master Program (SMP). <br /> <br /> <br />We are in support of Jefferson County's shorelines to ensure no net loss of shoreline function, as <br />required in the Shoreline Management Act. Adequate buffers serve multiple purposes. One main <br />purpose is to protect fish and wildlife by allowing them some remaining important habitat; buffers also <br />keep bluffs from eroding too quickly, protect shellfish beds, reduce stormwater inputs, and keep our <br />beaches cleaner for those people who choose to recreate in these lovely areas. Because it is not <br />possible to mitigate or restore in other places without significant investment in the future, which is too <br />uncertain, 150’ buffers are the best investments to achieve shoreline protection. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Geoduck aquaculture should require a conditional use permit since there are too many unanswered <br />questions on how this use may harm the environment, and is mostly a private use of public shore <br />lands. Net pen aquaculture for fin fish has been clearly shown to cause severe impacts to native fish, <br />producing unhealthy fish for those who choose to eat farmed salmon, and should be prohibited in the <br />final SMP approved by DOE. <br />1 <br /> <br />