WRIA 15 South Kitsap Peninsula Projects

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Below are samples of restoration projects completed or in progress in the South Kitsap Peninsula.


Biologist for a Day

Please join the Salmon Enhancement Group and other local conservation organizations including: Harbor Wildwatch, Puget Sound Partnership, Pierce County Shellfish Partners and more at Penrose Point State Park on August 3rd from 11am to 3pm. Harbor Wildwatch will have a touch tanks where you can meet our local beach residents such as sea stars, moon sails, anemones, and much more.  Also, the Salmon Enhancement Group will be selecting volunteer biologists (no experience necessary!)to help collect important pre-project data regarding the marine creatures currently using the beach.  Don your rubber boots and learn what it is like to be a restoration biologist for a day! [flickrset id="72157630545807164" thumbnail="thumbnail" photos="" overlay="true" size="small"]

The Restoration Plan
The South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group and Washington State Parks will be removing a old, failing creosote and rock bulkhead from Penrose Point State Park in 2012-2013. The purpose of the project is to restore critical nearshore habtiat for Puget Sound Salmon in the South Sound region, as part of a state-wide effort to recover Puget Sound. The removal of the bulkhead at this site will:

  • restore ½ mile of Puget Sound shoreline to support rearing and foraging salmon, specifically juvenile Chinook, coho, chum, and pink salmon
  • enhance forage fish spawning habitat around the project site
  • remove toxic creosote materials from the nearshore ecosytem
  • improve public access and enjoyment of the beach
Funding to complete this project is provided by the Salmon Recovery Funding Board, the Puget Sound Partnership, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Washington Department of Natural Resources. 


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Rocky Creek

abandoned culvert under bridge

after removal of abandoned culvert

after removal of abandoned culvert

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Penrose Project Update

Currently, in the Penrose Point State Park located in Pierce County, work is underway to remove a 700 foot long creosote treated bulkhead from the shoreline.


When completed, this project will restore natural shoreline processes for salmon, surf smelt, sand lance, and herring, while improving public health and safety through removal of toxic creosote.

For any further questions contact Kristin Williamson at kristinw@spsseg.org.

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