Led by Theresa Smith (LK08), Kitsap County Public Works Assistant Construction Manager, Environment & Planning Day, held May 12, 2017, provided an engaging, hands-on look at Kitsap County’s unique environment and planning challenges. The day began at the Port of Bremerton, Bremerton National Airport. Allison Satter (LK14), Senior Planner for the City of Bremerton Community Development Department gave an overview of city planning process and opportunities for community involvement.
A panel of experts included Eric Baker, Kitsap County Board of Commissioners Policy Manager; John Keiss, Kitsap Public Health District Environmental Health Director; and Steve Rice, Rice Fergus Miller Architects. The panel shared how public and private entities tackle issues of environmental health, urban growth, and low impact development.
The class braved the cold and wind to spend the majority of the day in the field traveling to various points of environmental interest. Transportation was provided by Kitsap Community Resources. Kathleen Cahall, City of Bremerton Water Resource Manager, led a tour of Casad Dam and the Ultraviolet (UV) Light Water Treatment Plant. The class enjoyed a picnic lunch at Jarstad Park. While at the park, Mike Huff, Salmon Enhancement Biologist from the Suquamish Tribe, led the class on a tour of the fish hatchery.
The class then traveled to Manchester Stormwater Park and were led on a tour of the award winning innovative site by Dr. Chris May and Tim Beachy, Kitsap County Public Works Capital Improvements Project Manager.
One participant commented, “I assumed I didn’t know as much as I should. I was right. Now, I feel even more encouraged to learn more and be more active.” Another shared, “…my faith in environment & planning was reinforced. Seems like a lot of good work going on.”
Many thanks to our Environment & Planning Day sponsors:
Transportation provided by Kitsap Community Resources.