Collaboration of Diverse Interests and Expertise
In addition to the City of Bremerton and Kitsap County, an extensive group of agencies, organizations and individuals have partnered to develop the plan, and worked together as project partners to steer the project, including:
City of Port Orchard
Gorst property owners, Pat and Cheryl Lockhart
Kitsap County Health District
Port of Bremerton
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Washington State Department of Ecology
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
West Sound Watershed Council
EPA Watershed Management Assistance Grant
The project was funded by a $660,000 grant from the EPA Watershed Management Assistance Program Grant program. Contributions from partners matched the grant and total $220,000. The grant program assists local and tribal governments with integration of watershed protection and land use decisions as they implement the Puget Sound Partnership’s Action Agenda. Grant funds must be used to support protection and restoration of high value, aquatic resources, and enhance local programs in areas threatened by growth. Measurable outcomes expected by EPA include land protection, water quality protection and restoration, and riparian/aquatic habitat protection and restoration.
Model for Other Watersheds
The technical methodology, process and final products will be documented, presented and transferred to other watersheds within the Kitsap County region and throughout the Northwest, with specific attention to those involved in restoring and protecting Puget Sound. The communication strategy is available for review online.
An Advisory Committee composed of representatives from Bremerton Planning Commission, Bremerton City Council, Bremerton Mayor, Kitsap County Planning Commission, Kitsap County Board of County Commissioners, and Suquamish Tribal Council represented the interests of their respective bodies and convened at key project milestones to address issues and concerns for Gorst Creek Watershed Plan. These meetings are shown on the Project Schedule (PDF).
Both the City of Bremerton and Kitsap County approved and adopted the Final Gorst Creek Watershed Comprehensive Plan and Planned Action EIS through their own legislative processes. The Planned Action Ordinance was adopted by the city in the first quarter of 2014. A timeline for adoption is included in the Project Schedule (PDF).