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Kitsap County Ground Water Management Plan

The Kitsap County Ground Water Management Plan Volumes III and IV culminates activities for the second of two grants provided by the Department of Ecology (Ecology) which, in part, have funded the preparation of a Ground Water Management Plan (GWMP) for Kitsap County. The document has been prepared under a program initiated by the Washington State Legislature in 1985 wherein they directed Ecology to establish a process of designating ground water areas for development of ground water management programs.

Preparation of the GWMP has been done in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 173-100 WAC, Ground Water Management Areas and Programs. These regulations led to the designation of Kitsap County as a Ground Water Management Area (GWMA) on October 7, 1986. The Kitsap County project area used for the study is bounded on the east and north by Puget Sound and Admiralty Inlet, and on the west by Hood Canal. The County is adjoined by Pierce and Mason Counties on the south, Jefferson County on the west, and King County on the east.

An Interlocal Agreement was entered between the Kitsap Public Utility District (KPUD) and the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners (County) on December 15, 1986. This Agreement established both entities as co-lead agencies for the evaluation and preparation of the GWMP.

The GWMP document is presented in four volumes.

Volume I is an assembly and analysis of ground water related data which includes estimates of ground water availability, use, and projected demand. The volume provides a summary of the major findings, conclusions, and recommended implementation efforts needed to continue development of the GWMP in the second grant activities.

Volume II provides technical supporting data and additional information developed for the study and each of the study's five individual subareas.

Volume III covers a variety of management issues and policies deemed appropriate by the Ground Water Advisory Committee (GWAC) to provide a comprehensive management strategy for ground water resources throughout Kitsap County. Volume III includes an updated review of information in the first two volumes, a summary of the ground water related issues investigated, recommendations for action, and a recommended implementation process.

Volume IV provides supporting and additional information, including the Kitsap County Initial Basin Assessment and each of the issue papers developed in the process.

The Ground Water Management Plan Volumes I through IV can be reviewed at all Kitsap County Branch libraries. Copies of the plan can also be checked out from the PUD Office in Poulsbo.

Links to issue papers that are included in Volume IV.

Board Meeting: October 27, 2020, 9:30am

Board Meetings are held every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 9:30am. The meetings are held at our offices and are open to the public. For Minutes and Agendas from previous Board Meetings, visit our Archives

The Board of Commissioners Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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