Delphi Association to Present “No on I-933” Presentation

The Delphi Association is sponsoring a presentation by Sandra Romero, of Futurewise, regarding the impacts of I-933, if it were to pass. Thursday, September 28 at 7:30 pm, at the Old Delphi Schoolhouse. “Find out why to Vote No!” reads their flyer about the event, which continues, “Keep the Delphi Valley pristine. Years of hard-fought environmental protections would be abandoned if I-933 passes.”

The Old Dephi Schoolhouse is located at 7601 Delphi Road. Click here for a map.

For more information, see the Delphi Association’s web site at www.delpiassoc.org.

Griffin Neighbors Invited to “Grub Stake” a Truck for Madrona Grove

Most Steamboat Islanders know the Summer Fruit Truck. For the past two summers it’s been parked by the Grange where customers enjoy the best of Northwest and more exotic produce. The banana masthead had been hard to miss!

The Fruit Truck is a transformation of the big tent opposite the Island Market where the community first came to know Madrona Grove Seasonal Open-Air Market, and its owners Michael Manos and Jeannine Anderson.

THE CHALLENGE

For the past four years, Michael and Jeannine have been using their 1987 Buick Station Wagon, “Roselle,” to do all the hauling of fruit from Eastern Washington. Built to haul families on vacation, Roselle rose to the challenge and has performed an outstanding job, even after a roundtrip of 9000 miles, from Washington to Central America, the year before Madrona Grove was started. All those years, miles and pounds are finally taking their toll, and now Roselle is no longer able to make the long trip over and back across the Cascades. In addition, the weight and capacity of the station wagon proved inadequate even last year as the demand for great fruit steadily increases. This past year the Toyota, the Banana Truck, has had to pick up the slack and pull double duty as “The Fruit Truck” retail outlet, and to make the 20 or so trips over and back with fruit. It’s been a challenge for the truck, and Michael and Jeannine, but they’ve managed to pull it off with a lot of shuffling of stuff and many early mornings and late nights. In this fifth year of operation, it is clear that the business has become a part of the community that would be missed. A bigger, better vehicle is needed to carry on.

Choosing a life of voluntary simplicity, as Michael and Jeannine have done, has meant opting out of eligibility to obtain financing for a new vehicle.

THE OPPORTUNITY

We are proposing to the community and opportunity to “grub stake” a new fruit truck so that Madrona Grove can continue to bring local food to the community on a seasonal basis. The purpose of these community funded micro grants is to “seed” the financing of an economical, flexible vehicle which can transport fruit and produce in the summer, and, in the off season, do small hauling jobs to begin to support itself.

A grub stake was money put up to finance prospectors in their mining operations. In a sense, agriculture is a form of mining. It extracts nutrients from the sun, soil and water and makes the foods that nourish and sustain us. By brining the fruits of many farms to our community, Madrona Grove participates in the mining operation.

Madrona Grove is asking for micro-grants, or “grub-stakes” of $75 to help finance a 2006 Dodge Sprinter Cargo Van. Michael and Jeannine can manage the down payment. Oyster Bay Farm has offered to sign for the financing of the vehicle via a Guarantor’s Agreement on the financing contract (see The Fine Print). We have estimated that if we can get commitments for a $75 grub stake from 110 households, the payments for the first year of the truck’s operation will be covered. After that, we expect the truck to be self-supporting.

Click here to download the brochure. To put up a grub stake, complete the small form, on the brochure, and mail it with your $75 check (payable to “Madrona Grove”).

THE REWARDS

In today’s fast paced, instant gratification society, it’s easy to lose track of what it takes to put food on our tables. Few people get the chance to experience a life dedicated to growing food for others, and yet none among us could survive without those few who do. Many farmers don’t have the opportunity or time to sell their food directly to the consumer. By going to the farms to bring back food to our neighborhood, Madrona Grove provides farmers a much-needed market and offers the benefits of:

  • Access to the best produce of the summer season.
  • Building a sustainable, local economy.
  • Supporting small, independent businesses.
  • Supporting small family farms.
  • Taking part in securing a local food supply.

WHERE TO FOOD COMES FROM

Over the past five years Michael and Jeannine have been developing relationships with small, family farmers living in Eastern Washington where land and climate come together to create a perfect growing environment for those luscious summer fruits we love. They also work directory with several small farms here in Western Washington for farm fresh veggies. Direct sales and sales to small retailers such as Madrona Grove allow these small farmers to keep more of the return on their farming investment than if they sent all of their food to the packing houses. Better for farmers, better for Madrona Grove and its customers.

Some of the farms Madrona Grove works with:

  • Schilter Family Farm, Nisqually, WA
  • Lopez Farm, Nisqually, WA
  • Kirsop Farms, Tumwater, WA
  • Edible Acres, Tonasket, WA
  • AppleCart Fruit, Tonasket, WA
  • River Valley Organics, Tonasket, WA
  • Bartella Farms, Omak, WA
  • Filaree Farms, Okanagan, WA
  • Rest-A-While Orchards, Pateros, WA
  • RAMA Farm, Bridgeport, WA
  • Fiel Orchards, Wenatchee, WA
  • Dick Boushay, Grandview, WA
  • Farmland Fruits, Wapato, WA

They also buy produce in season from neighbors here on the peninsula with gardens more bountiful than they can consume.

MICHAEL AND JEANNINE’S COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY

“We will continue to do what we do for as long as we are able; to cooperate with small, family farms to bring their harvest to our community; and to maintain high quality standards at prices that make the food accessible and the business viable.

We recognize that the constant in life is change, so we will have to remain flexible to the tug and shove of the changing commercial and personal landscapes as we work to serve the community in which we live.”

Click here to download the brochure. To put up a grub stake, complete the small form, on the brochure, and mail it with your $75 check (payable to “Madrona Grove”).

THE FINE PRINT

The Dodge Sprinter is a top-of-the-line Mercedes Diesel vehicle with the Dodge name on it. It’s capable of hauling up to 3800 pounds, averaging 25-30 miles per gallon, depending on the load size. Pioneer Organic in Seattle bought several for their home delivery service, as did Essential Bakery and many other small food related businesses, including Western Meats in Tumwater. Pioneer Organics and Essential Bakery both run their vehicles on bio-diesel. The demand for this vehicle is very high and the manufacturer is preparing to expand their production facilities to meet that demand. There are limited quantities of them available this year, with availability pushed back to March 2007 after those are sold. The resale value of this vehicle is one of the highest in the industry.

All grant funds (grub stakes) will be deposited into the Community Funded Micro-Grant account with Sterling Savings Bank. All grant funds over and above the cost of 1 year’s monthly payments will be applied directly to principal, until such time as the financing is complete. All grant funds over and above the complete cost of financing will remain in the Community Funded Micro-Grant account for future use by other community projects.

A 10% down payment will be made by Michael Manos and Jeannine Anderson dba Madrona Grove, to Lynwood Dodge on a 2006 Sprinter 2500 SHC/140.Pat Labine and Kathleen O’Shaunessy, dba Oyster Bay Farm are guarantors for the financing. A monthly finance payment will be automatically withdrawn by the financing agency from the Community Funded Micro-Grant account.

Copies of the guaranty contract between Madrona Grove and Oyster Bay Ram, as well as the finance contract are available by request.

Click here to download the brochure. To put up a grub stake, complete the small form, on the brochure, and mail it with your $75 check (payable to “Madrona Grove”).

I-933 is wrong: Private property rights and the common good must be protected together

A Declaration of Interdependence

The property rights movement, which has been gaining increasing political power in Washington state, proposes an interesting foundation for human rights: property ownership. Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights, a Washington group that backs I-933, the “property fairness” initiative, tells us that “Property rights are really human rights and the very foundation of a free society.”

So, what about the rights of people who don’t own property?

Imagine a patch of woods owned by a dozen families. Right in the center flows a stream where salmon swim. These woods and stream connect with wetlands that drain into a public reservoir and a neighborhood lake where children splash and play in the summer. In a basic sense, every member in this community is part owner of these waterways that travel through private and public land. Homeowners, homeless people, and apartment-dwellers alike drink and swim in clean, sparkling water and are legally prohibited from poisoning it or blocking its flow.

In November, Washingtonians will vote on Initiative 933, known variously as the “property fairness” and “developers’ loophole” initiative. If I-933 passes and the courts uphold it, a broad range of environmental and zoning restrictions on private property will be redefined as government “damage” to property. Most likely, the owners of that small patch of woods will be permitted under I-933 to build right up to the edge of their stream — or demand financial compensation from the state for the fair market value of that lost commercial opportunity. Oregon passed a similar but less extreme law, Measure 37, and property owners are filing hundreds of claims demanding many millions of dollars from the state.

Air and water don’t obey property boundaries. Transmission fluid running off a quickie mart parking lot into a stream will enter the blood of a nursing mother and baby who never go near that property. I-933 denies this physical reality of our connectedness. It denies as well the social reality that all people share the responsibilities and benefits of livable communities, whether we own land or not.

It is no wonder that over 200 Washington organizations including the Sierra Club, the Washington chapter of Republicans for Environmental Protection, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, and the Washington State Council of Firefighters ask us to vote NO on I-933. Washington State Grange, which has not taken an official position, warns that it finds cause for concern to agricultural lands in I-933. Sightline Institute tells us that it will cost over a billion dollars per year to administer. Washington’s Department of Ecology tells us that it will deprive Washington of the ability to regulate its own waterways and air.

And yet there is a good chance that I-933 will pass. Why?

• Special interest support

I-933 gains tremendous power from the funding of developers who will gain financially from the overthrow of Washington’s environmental laws. It is also supported by organizations that believe, as Grover Norquist said in 2001, that government should be made small enough “to drown in the bathtub.” The biggest financial contributor to I-933, $200,000 so far, is Americans for Limited Government, an Illinois group that is funding tax and environmental law rollbacks in 10 states this year.

• Private citizen support

I-933 also has significant support from private citizens.

In both urban and rural areas, laws protecting increasingly vulnerable resources have proliferated, impacting property owners. Property taxes have become increasingly unfair. Poor people, the middle class, and small businesses pay much more than the wealthy and experience more hardship from inadequate public services. Washington farmers are in trouble. Some communities lose several farms per winter. Some wheat growers receive less per bushel of wheat in 2005 than they did in 1948. Too many people in farm country are eligible for food stamps. In such conditions, it is natural that people will assert their private property rights.

But I-933 is not the answer. It has a fatal flaw, proposing to protect private property while ignoring the common good.

The environmental movement has been criticized for the opposite mistake: fighting for ecological protection while ignoring the economic welfare of individuals. In recent years, environmentalism has been learning from this mistake.

Private rights and the common good are interdependent. They cannot be effectively protected in isolation from each other. Property values fall in blighted neighborhoods. People suffering from economic injustice are unlikely to support laws that protect the environment. It is time to leave failed ideas behind us and adapt to current realities. Washington faces profound environmental and economic challenges. We can meet them successfully only if we learn to protect people, communities, and the environment together.

By NOEMIE MAXWELL, Institute for Washington’s Future

Noemie Maxwell is on the board of the Institute for Washington’s Future, a nonprofit research and education center dedicated to the renewal of progressive values: community, equity, participation, and a sound environment.

Originally posted at http://realchangenews.org/2006/2006_09_06/declaration.html

Lethal levels of marine biotoxins are appearing at new recreational shellfish areas in Washington marine waters

This news release is from the Washington State Department of Health. All areas are closed for the sport harvest of scallops. Totten and Eld Inlets are now on the list of closures, for oysters, in addition to scallops.

OLYMPIA – In the past week, an alarming number of Washington marine waters have reached dangerously high levels of marine biotoxins that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). These conditions have prompted additional shellfish harvest closures. PSP tests have revealed 16 locations that tested more than1,000 micrograms of toxin in the last week.

By far, the most dramatic level of toxin was detected at Port Ludlow in Jefferson County at almost 10,000 micrograms in mussels. The Food and Drug Administration’s level for closure, which the agency follows, is 80 micrograms. Oak Bay and Mats Mats Bay, just north of Port Ludlow had test results in the 1,400 to 1,500 microgram range.

The intensity of this bloom has surpassed the central Puget Sound bloom of last week, which is still going strong with 10 locations testing dangerously higher than the FDA action levels for toxins. The high toxin levels have been detected in a variety of shellfish species including blue mussels, manila clams, butter clams, pacific oysters and geoduck clams. New blooms have closed Discovery Bay in Clallam and Jefferson Counties and Port Gamble in Kitsap County.

Without an abrupt change in weather conditions more closures are expected in the days to come. Alexandrium, the algae that causes PSP grows rapidly when sunny and calm conditions persist over Puget Sound, which contributes to a stratified water column. Stormy conditions with strong winds will break up the stratification and help end the bloom.

Recreational shellfish harvesters must be very careful to only harvest on beaches listed as safe by the Department of Health. Commercially harvested shellfish currently on the market have been thoroughly tested and should be safe to eat.

Warning signs have been posted at high use beaches warning people not to collect shellfish from the closed areas. The closure includes clams, oysters, mussels, scallops, geoduck and other species of molluscan shellfish. Crab is not included in the closure, but the “crab butter” should be discarded, and only the meat should be eaten.

People can become ill from eating shellfish contaminated with the toxin. Marine biotoxins are not destroyed by cooking or freezing and can be life-threatening. Symptoms of PSP can appear within minutes or hours and usually begins with tingling lips and tongue, moving to the hands and feet followed by difficulty breathing, and potentially death. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek emergency medical help immediately.

The toxin is produced by naturally occurring algae that tend to be more common during the warmer months of the year. In most cases the algae that contain the toxins cannot be seen, and must be detected through laboratory testing. Recreational shellfish harvesters should check the Department of Health marine biotoxin Web site (www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/sf/biotoxin.htm) or call the agency Biotoxin Hotline at 1-800-562-5632 before harvesting shellfish anywhere in Washington.

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Editors note: Marine biotoxin closures are separate from the current closures for oysters due to Vibrio parahaemolyticus. More than 100 people have been sickened with vibriosis from eating contaminated raw oysters. For more information on those closures, call the hotline at 1-800-562-5632 or check the marine biotoxin Web site (www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/sf/biotoxin.htm).

President Bush Signs Bill Expanding Tax Incentives for Conservation Easements

According to the Land Trust Alliance, “Congress has approved a tremendous expansion of the federal conservation tax incentive for conservation easement donations.” On August 17, the President signed into law a pensions bill which dramatically expands the Federal tax incentive provision for donating conservation easements.

The new law:

  • Raises the deduction a landowner can take for donating a conservation easement from 30% of their income in any year to 50%;
  • Allows qualifying farmers and ranchers to deduct up to 100% of their income; and
  • Extends the carry-forward period for a donor to take tax deductions for a voluntary conservation agreement from 5 to 15 years.

It is also important to note that this only applies to easements donated in 2006 and 2007. However, there are many who area already working to make this change permanent.

The Land Trust Alliance is a good place to start, if you have ever considered donating a conservation easement. And, if you have never considered making such a donation, now may be the time to consider the benefits of a conservation easement. Your tax advisor or attorney can provide you with further details.

In the words of Rand Wentworth, President of the Land Trust Alliance, “Today we are celebrating a tremendous victory for conservation.”

Thurston County Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing Thursday, August 3rd

The Thurston County Planning Commission is holding an important Public Hearing on Thursday, August 3 at 6:30 pm. The meeting, to be held at the Worthington Center, on the campus of St. Martin’s University, will take public testimony related to water quality protections, rural rezoning and clustered development regulations.

Public testimony can be given in person or by phone or email.

The County’s announcement of the event is here.

Futurewise has released a notice for the event, which reads, in part:

Thurston County is making big decisions about how to protect drinking water and the character of Thurston County for the future!

It’s critical that we are there to speak up in support of strong protections!

Please arrive early!

Futurewise will be there at 5:30 (and have pizza at 6pm), before the hearing, to get people signed up to testify. Meet them outside of the side door to the Worthington Center (the right side of the building if you are facing the building, which is also outside of the kitchen area).

If you are unable to attend the hearing, please contact the Planning Commission at 360-786-5490 or email them at peterscs@co.thurston.wa.us to urge them to protect Thurston County’s quality of life.

Talking points:

As a Thurston County resident, I urge you to protect water quality and our quality of life. I’ve seen first hand the effects of irresponsible and poorly planned development on our community. Please strengthen the protections to keep Thurston County a great place to live, including:

  1. Additional policies and changes to the land use map should be added to protect water quality, especially Puget Sound and shellfish areas.
  2. Increase the amount of land in the Rural Protection 1:10 and Rural Protection 1:20 districts with an emphasis on lands that if subdivided would harm water quality, drinking water supplies, and oyster beds.
  3. Clustering provisions in the rural area are a good idea, as long as a range of rural densities (1:5, 1:10 and 1:20) are maintained and no rural densities exceed one unit per five acres.
  4. The urban reserve district boundary should be reduced in size – given the large size of the existing urban growth areas, it seems unlikely that so much urban reserve will be needed in the foreseeable future.

Upcoming Benefit Car Washes Of Note

There are two upcoming and local fundraising events which are worth mentioning. Both are car washes a week apart, so you’ll have no excuse to come away with a squeaky-clean car.

This Saturday, July 8, from 11 am to 4 pm at the Subway (6541 Sexton Dr NW and the freeway). This is a Car Wash to benefit two Griffin Middle School students.

Emma Messinger and Michael Walther, who are entering 7th Grade this next school year, were nominated by their teachers to attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference this summer, in Washington, D.C. All donations will be accepted to help send these two to our nation’s capitol. In addition to the car wash, they will be selling cookies and other snacks.

Special thanks to Joe and Cheryl Williams, owners of the Island Market, and for Subway Sandwiches, for their support of this event.

Next Saturday, July 15, from 10 am to 3 pm, the Griffin Fire Fighter’s Association will hold their car wash. Proceeds benefit the Association. This is at the main Fire Station, 3707 Steamboat Loop NW. All donations accepted. And, they’ll have the fire equipment out, so you can take a look at their cool stuff, too.

Spend the Time to Learn About I-933

The “No on 933” campaign has assembled a web site that is well worth visiting, particularly if you are still on the fence regarding Initiative 933. It is located here.

I want to particularly take the opportunity to point out some of the points I believe are especially important to understand.

As a member of the GNA, I was particularly concerned about some of the points made by the No on 933 campaign’s page entitled “It’s Bad for Neighborhoods.”

  • I-933 Will Increase Taxes and Cut Community Services
  • I-933 Threatens Property Rights
  • Say Goodbye to Neighborhood Zoning – “The result will be ‘open season’ on neighborhoods across the state.”
  • Say Hello to more Sprawl and Congestion
  • I-933 Is Downright Un-Neighborly – “I-933 does NOT require any notice to neighbors before the regulations are waived.”
  • I-933 changes no “eminent domain” laws

I made a point also to read the page entitled “Debunking the Backers.”

Well worth also mentioning is this site, which assembled a series called “This Land: The Northwest Property Rights Movement“.

Initiative-watchers are pointing out that this initiative is similar to initiatives currently trying to gather steam in Idaho and Montana. Also similar is the rhetoric being employed: All make a big deal about the abuses of eminent domain. However, none of them do a single thing to address eminent domain. And all three measures use the same bait-and-switch tactic to mislead to voters. For those of you who may be curious about one of the prime movers in the multi-state effort which spawned I-933, this page will give you a great deal chew on.

If you’re as concerned as I am about the possible impacts of this ill-conceived initiative, please help focus the attention of your neighbors, friends and community groups on I-933. This stuff is complicated and the proponents are counting on our being unwilling to spend event the slightest amount of time to become informed voters. It happened in Oregon; let’s not let in happen in Washington, too.

UPDATE: Read the June 23rd article in The Olympian entitled “Land-use initiative attracts protest“.

Read the prior post about I-933, which was posted on this blog, here.

What are your thoughts about I-933? Click on the “Post a Comment” link, below.

Goodbye to the Blueberry Farm? – UPDATED!

Most residents of this area know of the 40-acre blueberry bog on Steamboat Island Road. It is on the right as you drive north on the peninsula in the vicinity of 49th Lane. It has been a U-Pick or free pick community resource for decades. St. Christopher Church’s Annual Blueberry festival began with church members picking at the blueberry bog.

There are two owners of parcels involved in development plans. MC Construction (working for the owners, Michelle and Danaher Dempsey) and an organization calling itself Blueberry Farms, LLC (represented by Michael Welter) is now in the process of gaining approval for 8 large houses to be clustered on the forested upland portion of the blueberry farm. This is that beautiful section of Evergreen woods that you can see emerging from the blueberry fields at the North center of the bog.

Click here to view copies of the two applications associated with these projects.

Developers plan to log the woods, approximately 8 acres of them, which is where the houses will be built.

Last year the developers created a site plan that showed eight home lots plus two large resource parcels (the blueberry fields themselves), which they intended to donate to a nonprofit so that it could remain a community blueberry farm forever.

Unfortunately, at some point and for some reason not known to us, MC Construction changed their mind and submitted development plans that call for the blueberry fields to be divided into two parcels, each of which includes a small portion of high ground so that a house can be built on it.

In other words, the blueberry fields are about to become someone’s back yard.

To see MC Construction’s web page, promoting this project, click here.

A while back, at the time the blueberry farm owner applied for open space tax designation, the County put a public access requirement on the blueberry fields for the purpose of allowing blueberry picking. However, it appears that loophole clauses (which allow exceptions in the event of owner liability concerns, etc.) will make it unlikely that public access will actually occur once the two parcels belong to individual homeowners.

This could happen prior to this years’ picking season.

Please spread the word that our beloved community farm is endangered.

Because the development was submitted as two separate 4-lot short plats rather than one 8-lot long plat, there is comparatively little opportunity for public input.

However, a flood of letters might get their attention.

UPDATED July 1:

Your comments have helped! The County has transferred both applications to the City of Lacey, for review (since Mr. Welter, one of the applicants involved, is also the County’s Director of Development Services).

Please write or e-mail the new planner in charge of the development:
Ryan Andrews, Associate Planner
City of Lacey Community Development
PO Box 3400
Lacey, WA 98509
Phone: (360) 491-5642
Fax: (360) 438-2669
randrews@ci.lacey.wa.us

Mention the two project numbers: 2005103734 and 2005103728

As the City of Lacey to:

  • Be fair and impartial: Start the development approval process over from the beginning.
  • Specify that the blueberry bog be permanently preserved as community open space.
  • Require that the blueberry fields be platted as separate un-developable critical areas tracts.
  • Require a conservation easement for the blueberry fields to be held by a nonprofit or govt. entity

Ask to be added to the notification list.

Ask that your comments be put on the record for all permit applications associated with the projects. Pending permits include road clearing and grading, forestland conversion, short plat, and SEPA determination. There may be others as well.

You may want also to contact MC Construction to let them know how you feel about their change of plans:

MC Construction Consultants, Inc
PO Box 8478
Lacey, WA 98509
(360) 456-6307
julie@mcconstruction.com

UPDATED June 20: Click here for a copy of our flyer regarding this development. Thank you for any assistance you can provide with the distribution of this flyer to your neighbors and to local organizations with which you may be affiliated.

UPDATED June 30: The Thurston County Agricultural Advisory Committee has weighed in with a letter expressing concern over the use and access of the portions of the blueberry farm contained within the two resource parcels of these development applications. Read their letter here.

Thanks for taking the time to preserve what’s good about our neighborhood.

Not All Shellfish Harvesting is Good for the Sound

It is recognized that healthy shellfish beds are a sign of a generally healthy shoreline. Along our shorelines, residents enjoy not only recreational clamming, but many homeowners either lease their shorelines to shellfish harvesters or seed their shorelines themselves. However, not all harvesting methods are created equal. In particular, Griffin Neighborhood Association member Paul Allen has brought attention to the effects of intensive geoduck harvesting. What he has discovered vividly demonstrates the undesirable effects of intensive aquaculture, both in the short term, in the form of reduced recreational value of the shoreline and in increased risks to public safety, but also in the long-term deterioration of shoreline health and water quality.

Before you lease your shoreline or engage in intensive geoduck harvesting yourself, give some consideration to others who live along and use the shorelines and the ill effects of your harvesting operation on the health of the Puget Sound. In at least one instance, also, we are hearing from a real estate professional the result of intensive geoduck harvesting will be diminished property value.

According to Paul Allen, “From a purely economical standpoint, I will earn more equity over 4-5 five years by keeping my shoreline as pristine and desirable as possible, than I ever could by degrading it for the purpose of short term financial gain associated with intensive geoduck farming.”

We’ll continue to pass more information on to visitors of our web site at http://www.griffinneighbors.org/ as we obtain it.

Read more about the effects of intensive geoduck harvesting on one community’s shoreline at Save Our Shoreline.

UPDATE: Here’s an additional web site, from a group near Zangle Cove, which details the issues around commerical geoduck farming.

More information on the overall state strategy to protect shellfish areas in Puget Sound is available on the Puget Sound Action Team’s Web site.