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<br />Michelle McConnell <br /> <br />Sent:Tuesday, May 11, 2010 8:11 AM <br />To:Stewart, Jeff R. (ECY) <br />Subject:Jefferson County Shoreline Master Plan <br />Categories:LASMP Public Comment <br />Dear Mr. Stewart; <br /> <br /> I am writing to support the Jefferson County Shoreline Master Program. Frankly I am surprised it is this <br />good. Citizen involvement and community outreach was outstanding during the entire time this plan was formulated. The <br />Department of Community Development (DCD) provided multiple <br />opportunities for involvement over a four year period, including several direct mailings to shoreline property owners. The <br />involvement of shoreline owners on Policy Advisory Committee is truly commendable and now has their support. It also <br />has community support. The care that the Board of County Commissioners took to analyze every piece of testimony and <br />to incorporate the ideas of all contributors was exceptional. The plan is balanced to meet needs of both property owners <br />and Puget Sound's ecosystem which is in serious need of restoration. The plan used peer-reviewed science to support <br />policies and decisions. That alone is huge impetus for you and the Dept of Ecology to support this plan. <br /> <br /> In particular there are several items that need your and the Dept of Ecology’s total support. The plan prohibits all <br />mining and mining-related activities on our natural, conservation, and residential shorelines. While the current pit-to-pier <br />project would be grandfathered (but hopefully dead), it will stop similar future projects and result in a no net loss to <br />Puget Sound ecosystems. 150 foot buffers are needed to restore and retain ecosystem functions. These buffers were <br />supported by significant testimony at all meetings and hearings, and they are supported by the latest available science as <br />a compromise. <br />The 150 foot buffer widths which are necessary to protect shoreline functions. This is a critical point that needs to be <br />emphasized – 150 foot buffers are a necessity. The plan provides for flexible buffer modification where modifications <br />are appropriate so that there is no net loss to shoreline functions. I applaud this provision. The SMP provides clear <br />language and policies that make it easier for citizens to understand and implement the SMP. Clear regulations in the plan <br />provide land use consistency and improves property values. This is an important point the citizens need to understand <br />when they are impacted by the SMP. The SMP prohibits commercial net pen farming and aquaculture. There are too <br />many problems associated with net pens to allow them in Puget Sound. Pollution, parasites and genetic dilution of our <br />native endangered salmon stocks are problems that are too great to ignore. The SMP minimizes the need for shoreline <br />armoring by encouraging non-structural remedies. This is also critically important to restore Puget Sound ecosystems. <br /> I urge you and the Dept of Ecology to accept and implement this plan in its’ entirety. I also urge you to <br />implement enforcement capabilities for the Dept of Ecology. We are simply losing too much of the original ecosystems of <br />Puget Sound. We have the longest list of endangered species and the most depressed fishewries in North America. This <br /> <br />plan is a significant step in restoring Puget Sound. <br /> <br />Norman T. Baker, PhD <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Norm and Peggy Baker <br /> <br />3789 Lost Mountain Rd <br />Sequim, WA 98382 <br />360-683-8046 (do not use 477-5115) <br /> <br /> <br />1 <br />