FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2012
DNR to present preliminary plan, progress report for Quartermaster Harbor mooring buoys
OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be presenting a preliminary plan for a proposed layout of mooring buoys on state-owned aquatic lands in Quartermaster Harbor at an informational workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. on June 27.
The proposed mooring buoy plan incorporates input from the May 31 public meeting—in which nearly 80 participants attended—and is also based on data from underwater and above-water surveys.
Quartermaster Harbor is located in the Maury Island Aquatic Reserve, which is managed by DNR. The planning area focuses on the congested harbor areas of Dockton and Burton and aims to improve navigational safety and environmental conditions for marine life and habitats.
|Who: || DNR Aquatic Reserves Program |
Public workshop to:
-- Provide updated information on proposed mooring buoy locations in Quartermaster Harbor.
-- Seek further input from boaters and members of the public interested in helping to develop the mooring buoy plan.
-- Present information about the condition of existing buoys from dive surveys conducted in Burton and Dockton the week of June 5.
-- Explain how the preliminary plan proposes to address requirements for regulatory permits from King County, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the US Army Corps of Engineers.
-- Review pending buoy license applications with applicants and confirm existing buoy locations, including those that are unused and may be removed over time.
The workshop is also an opportunity for buoy users who haven’t yet submitted applications to fill out an application and ask questions of staff.
| When:|| 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 27|
|McMurray Middle School|
9329 SW Cemetery Rd.
| Why:||Carefully locating mooring buoys will help promote safer navigational conditions for recreational boaters and reduce the scouring of sediments that disturbs potential herring spawning habitat.|
For more information about the workshop, contact Lisa Randlette, environmental planner, 360-902-1085 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
DNR: steward of state-owned aquatic lands
The 2.6 million acres of state-owned aquatic lands (mostly submerged lands) are a public trust, managed and protected by DNR for the people of Washington. DNR manages these lands to protect fish and wildlife, and to facilitate commerce, navigation, and public access.
Revenue is generated from the sale of renewable resources such as wild geoduck, as well as from leasing submerged lands for mooring buoys, marinas, docks, and other uses. This revenue is used to manage and protect the health and productivity of aquatic resources, and to fund local projects that restore aquatic ecosystems and create public access to the waters of the state.
Media Contact: Toni Droscher, DNR Aquatic Resources Program Communications Manager, 360-902-1523
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