PLANTING WORK BEGINS ON SHORELINE

  

MAY 16TH 2009  

PLANTING BEGINS FOR THE LUMMI ISLAND FERRY LANDING   

NEARSHORE ENHANCEMENT PROJECT  

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 COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS; MALCOLM HUTCHINGS AND CONSTANCE DRAKE  

ADMIRE THEIR WORK ON THE NATIVE PLANT INSTALLATION ALONG THE  

SOUTH SIDE OF THE LUMMI ISLAND FERRY LANDING ROCKY SHORELINE.   

 

   

 THE LUMMI ISLAND WATERSHED ENHANCEMENT COMMITTEE 

(SPONCORED BY  THE LUMMI ISLAND COMMUNITY LAND TRUST) 

RECEIVED A GRANT FROM THE  NATIONAL FISH AND WILDLIFE FOUNDATION TO INVOLVE 

THEIR COMMUNITY IN FISH AND WILDLIFE ENHANCEMENT AROUND THE LUMMI ISLAND 

FERRY LANDING AND COUNTY OWNED SHORELINE TO THE NORTH. 

 

THE WATERSHED ENHANCEMENT COMMITTEE WILL PROVIDE A 50% MATCH FROM IN KIND 

AND DONATED MATERIALS AND SERVICES. WHATCOM COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS HAS PLAYED A 

PIVOTAL ROLE IN MAKING THIS PROJECT A SUCCESS INCLUDING  SHARING THE COST OF A NEW 

CATCHBASIN INSERT THAT WILL TREAT STORMWATER COMING FROM THE FERRY LANDING AREAS.  

 

 

 

SUPPORT HAS ALSO  COME FROM THE WSU WATERSHED MASTER/BEACH WATCHER PROGRAM.   

MANY COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER HOURS, OVER THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF,  HAVE BEEN SPENT 

PREPARING FOR THIS DAY.   PROJECT LEAD WANDA  CUCINOTTA OF FOREST FLOR RECOVERY 

HAS VOLUNTEERED THE MAJORITY OF HER TIME AND SKILLS AS WELL AS DONATING NATIVE PLANTS. 

 

VOLUNTEER  WORK PARTIES WILL CONTINUE TROUGH THE END OF JUNE.  

TO SIGN UP TO  HELP OR FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL HER AT 360‐220‐3077.  

   

  

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PAT DUNN AND COLLEEN BERG ENJOY VOLUNTEERING BY PLANTING NATIVE  

PLANTS ALONG THE LUMMI ISLAND FERRY LANDING SHORELINE. 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BOBBIE AND MALCHOLM HUTCHINGS VOLUNTEER PLANTING NATIVE  

PLANTS ALONG THE LUMMI IS. FERRY LANDING   

 

 

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COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER WYNNE  

LEE HAPPILY PLANTS AN OREGON  

GRAPE SHRUB. ALONG THE LUMMI  

IS. FERRY LANDING.  

 

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Volunteer Work Parties

Please come join our

Saturday and Thursday morning volunteer work parties

From 10 am to noon all through May.

Meet in the New Ferry Parking Lot.

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Want to do some fun work and help enhance Lummi Island’s marine waters and public tidelands? Come help us start work on our Nearshore Enhancement Project! We could use some new inspiration and some fresh volunteer enthusiasm for our National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant funded Project.

This Saturday, May 2nd we will be removing noxious weeds and preparing planting areas along the South face of the ferry landing. Hopefully we’ll be ready for planting by next Thursday.

The next few Saturday and Thursday mornings volunteer crews will remove noxious weeds, prepare planting areas including erosion control and install native plants along the Northern bluff areas around the ferry terminal and shoreline to the north.

This Spring our volunteer crews will:

• Remove noxious weeds, install approx. 2,000 native plants along the bluff areas around the ferry terminal and shoreline to the north.

• Install 1 mutt mitt station with signage at a location approved by Whatcom County. • Remove rough creosote logs from the northern shoreline.

• Install pretreatment bays and an oil/grease separator to the rain gardens in the new ferry terminal parking lot.

• Install bio-infiltration measures along the wetland path north of the new parking lot.

• Install and maintain a Bio-clean catch basin insert in the catch basin immediately north of the southern entrance to the new ferry terminal parking lot.

Also, Whatcom County Public Works Dept. will assist us in replacing the catch basin in the northeast corner of the ferry terminal with a new Contech filtration system. They will cost share, install the unit, and maintain it in perpetuity.

Our goal is to restore and enhance marine habitats, reduce water pollution and secure the eroding shoreline bank on the County owned property around the Lummi Island ferry landing. We appreciate your cooperation during the installation phase of our project and apologize for any inconvenience.. We will need to reserve 1 or 2 parking areas from time to time this spring. We may also need to divert traffic along Nugent Road for a few short periods.

If you have any questions and/or concerns contact project lead: Wanda Cucinotta at forestflor@aol.com or Phone: 360-220-3077

Watershed Enhancement Committee, LICLT

Exemption Form WC Shoreline Management Program 2009

WHATCOM COUNTY

PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

5280 Northwest Drive, Suite B

Bellingham, WA  98226

 

David Stalheim

Director

J.E. “Sam” Ryan

Assistant Director

 

 

 

EXEMPTION FROM THE SHORELINE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

SUBSTANTIAL DEVELOPMENT PERMIT REQUIREMENT

 

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Applicant: Lummi Island Community Land Trust

c/o Ms. Wanda Cucinotta

2303 Tuttle Lane

Lummi Island, Washington 98262

 

Project Description: Marine shoreline buffer and stormwater enhancement activities

including the following:

o Native plant installation along the perimeter of the existing

Lummi Island Ferry Terminal and adjacent County-owned

beach to the north of the terminal.

o Installation of stormwater filters within existing catch basins

located at the ferry terminal and the associated parking

area across Nugent Road.

o Placement of up to five (5) large rootwads within the

marine shore buffer on the adjacent property north of the

County-owned beach.

 

Project Location: Lummi Island Ferry Terminal

Section 04, Township 37 North, Range 03 East.

Assessors Parcel Number 370104547077/37010562141

 

2178 South Nugent Road

Section 04, Township 37 North, Range 03 East

Assessors Parcel Number 370104530110

 

Water Body: Hale Pass / Strait of Georgia

 

Shoreline Designation: Rural / Aquatic

SEPA Determination: Categorically Exempt per WAC 197-11-800(3) – Repair,

Remodeling and Maintenance Activities.

Whatcom County Shoreline Management Program (SMP), Title 23, Section 23.60.02.2.P states that a public or private project of which the primary purpose is to improve fish or wildlife habitat is exempt from the requirement to obtain a Shoreline Substantial Development permit when the project has been approved in writing by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) as necessary from the improvement of the habitat and appropriately designed to accomplish the intended purpose.  A Hydraulics Project Approval (HPA) is also required from WDFW.  It has been determined that the enhancement activities are consistent with the above referenced exemption and applicable policies and regulations of the SMP.

 

The requested Shoreline statement of exemption is approved subject to the attached conditions.  Note that pursuant to Section 23.60.15 the applicant or any opponent of this determination may appeal this administrative permit decision to the office of the Hearing Examiner.  The application for appeal from the Shoreline Administrator’s decision may be obtained at the Planning and Development Services Office.  Such an appeal shall be filed within twenty (20) calendar days of this determination.

 

Note that obtaining a shoreline statement of exemption for a development or use does not excuse the applicant from complying with any other State, regional, or Federal statutes or regulations applicable to such development or use.

 

Official:  Chad Yunge Title: Shoreline Program Administrator

Dated: 30 April 2009

 

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CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH SHX2009-00025

1. The proposed project shall be consistent with the site plans and scope of work approved by this Statement of Exemption.  Any alteration of the approved project proposal shall require additional review by the Whatcom County Shorelines Administrator.

2. All work shall be conducted consistent with the Revocable Encroachment Permit (ENC2009- 00157) issued by Whatcom County Public Works – Engineering Services Division.

3. The applicant shall contact the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to obtain a Hydraulics Project Approval (HPA) or any other approvals as determined by WDFW.  A copy of the HPA shall be submitted to the Shoreline Administrator prior to starting work.

4. The root wads shall be placed a minimum distance of ten (10) feet from the ordinary high water mark(OHWM) of Hale Pass and be done without impacting existing buffer vegetation between Nugent Road and the OHWM.

5. If archaeological materials (bone, shell midden, cobble tools, etc.) are observed during site work, work in the area of discovery shall cease and the Whatcom County Shoreline Administrator (676-6907) LNTHPO (384-2298) and Washington State Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (360-586-3065) shall be contacted immediately to determine the significance of the discovery.  If human remains are observed, the Whatcom County Sheriff (911) and LHTHPO Department (384-2298) shall be contacted immediately.  Compliance with all other applicable laws pertaining to archaeological resources is required.

6. Development shall commence within two years of the effective date of this Shoreline Statement of Exemption.