Quartermaster Harbor Mooring Buoy MANAGEMENT plan
DNR has adopted the final Quartermaster Harbor Mooring Buoy Management Plan after a public review period under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). Thanks to everyone who gave us their input and help guide the development of this plan.
To streamline the implementation of the Quartermaster Harbor Mooring Buoy Management Plan, DNR is applying for all the required permits. Individuals wishing to install mooring buoys will only need to work with DNR for a mooring buoy license.
We are awaiting final approval from the US Army Corps of Engineers for a Section 10 (work in navigable waters) permit.
By the end of 2014, DNR will begin removing old creosote pilings and derelict buoys in Quartermaster Harbor and issuing licenses to boaters who have applied to install recreational mooring buoys on state-owned lands (beyond privately-owned tidelands.)
Quartermaster Harbor Projects in the News & other updates
have You Applied For a mooring buoy license?
We are asking boaters to submit an application for a mooring buoy authorization for state-owned aquatic lands in Quartermaster Harbor. (NOTE: This application process is different from the standard application process for a mooring buoy application.)
To apply for a mooring buoy authorization specifically for Quartermaster Harbor, please use this form.
DNR is collecting and holding license applications for existing and new buoys as we determine navigational needs and capacity in congested areas, such as Dockton and Burton Cove. We intend to authorize mooring buoy licenses once we have completed the buoy plan and obtained regulatory permits from King County, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the US Army Corps of Engineers.
DNR worked with people who moor boats in Quartermaster Harbor and local community members to help improve moorage and navigational safety and better protect the marine environment as part of managing the Maury Island Aquatic Reserve. The plan addresses moorage in the more congested areas of the harbor: Burton Cove, Dockton and Judd Creek.
In June 2011, we began meeting with shoreside residents and boaters from Vashon and Maury Island to identify which mooring buoys were being used and which might be abandoned. From there, we began developing a draft plan for relocating mooring buoys to more appropriate areas.
During summer 2012, we continued to collect input for a draft plan. We also asked for comments and suggestions from the public. Read the comments.
Last November, we provided the DRAFT mooring buoy plan and invited public comments on the draft plan and the accompanying SEPA documents. The comment period closed January 7, 2013.
The following maps show buoy locations (red point) and include vessel swing circles calculated assuming a 1.5 scope. If you are applying for a mooring buoy license authorization, note the number from the map that corresponds to your buoy location. This information will help confirm which buoys are claimed and actively maintained.
For additional information, contact Lisa Randlette, Environmental Planner, 360-902-1085.
Quartermaster Harbor Buoys Index Map (3.8 MB PDF)
Quartermaster Harbor Buoys and Vessel Swing Circles, Anchor Line Length @ Scope 1.5
Quartermaster Harbor Buoys - Draft Map Page 1 (1.9 MB PDF)
Quartermaster Harbor Buoys - Draft Map Page 2 (1.5 MB PDF)
Quartermaster Harbor Buoys - Draft Map Page 3 (1.7 MB PDF)
Quartermaster Harbor Buoys - Draft Map Page 4 (2.2 MB PDF)
Quartermaster Harbor Buoys - Draft Map Page 5 (1.8 MB PDF)
Quartermaster Harbor Buoys - Draft Map Page 6 (2.2 MB PDF)
Quartermaster Harbor Buoys - Draft Map Page 7 (1.7 MB PDF)
Quartermaster Harbor Buoys - Draft Map Page 8 (2.0 MB PDF)
Quartermaster Harbor Buoys - Draft Map Page 9 (1.6 MB PDF)
State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) documents
Determination of Nonsignificance
Notice of Final Determination
SEPA Lead Agency & Determination of Significance
Comments and Responses