Per a 2002 Settlement Agreement between Washington Environmental Council (WEC) and Jefferson County, a basin-by-basin voluntary planning effort is underway and is scheduled for completion in 2006. The objective of the effort is to establish basin- or site-specific agricultural best management practices (BMPs) that will protect or enhance water quality and fish and wildlife habitat associated with streams and wetlands.
March 2004 Public Meeting
Farmers in Chimacum have been participating in the first phase of this planning process and together with the Conservation District and the County completed a final draft of the Chimacum Ag BMP Plan for the protection of agriculture, fish and wildlife in the Chimacum Creek watershed. The Conservation District hosted a public meeting March 22, 2004 at WSU Extension to provide the community with the opportunity to review and comment on the first draft version of the plan.
May 17 Public Review
An updated version of the plan that incorporated suggestions gathered during public review was dated May 17, 2004. The Chimacum committee met to establish a final version of the plan, dated January 11, 2005, which will be provided to the County Commissioners for approval.
Chimacum Creek Watershed Agriculture, Fish and Wildlife Habitat Protection Plan Final Draft January 11, 2005
Chimacum Creek Watershed Agriculture, Fish and Wildlife Habitat Protection Plan Second Draft May 17, 2004
DCD informational handout (March 22, 2004) describing the Agricultural Lands planning effort and relation to the Chimacum plan
Press release describing March 22, 2004 public meeting to review draft Chimacum plan
Chimacum Creek Watershed Agriculture, Fish and Wildlife Habitat Protection Plan First Draft March 12, 2004
Unified Best Management Practices
The Conservation District and the County will pursue the development of one unified Ag BMP Plan for the remaining agricultural areas in Jefferson County. A "kick-off" meeting was scheduled for Thursday, March 17, 2005, at the Quilcene Community Center. The general Ag BMP Plan will be based on work already completed for the Chimacum basin.