Monday, February 27, 2012

Ecology Is Just Soooo Helpful

Setting up conference calls for Council members ... giving scholarships to our Deputy Prosecuting Attorney so he can be "educated" about wetlands ... keeping an eye on those "not a problem" non-conforming issues in the shires.

Once again, Ecology does all this helpful stuff while at the same time reminding us:

"We don’t have regulatory authority in local critical areas ordinance issues. We don’t make rulings or issue enforcement actions under local critical areas ordinances. Those tasks are on local government turf" (Gordon White, Eco-Connect Blog, February 14, 2012.)

If they don't have any authority, why are they working late?  Just being helpful?

From: Stockdale, Erik (ECY) [mailto:ESTO461@ECY.WA.GOV]
Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2010 8:20 PM
To: Richard Fralick
Subject: RE: Law Course on Wetlands

Am pretty sure that only state employees are allowed to work late.

I’ll be sure to have Barb Smith at LSI email Jon Cain with the information.

Talk to you soon, Erik

From: Richard Fralick []
Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2010 7:38 PM
To: Stockdale, Erik (ECY)
Subject: RE: Law Course on Wetlands

Hi Erik,

Thanks for the info on the law course.

Jon Cain our deputy Prosecuting attorney will take advantage of your offer.  His email is  Please have Barb Smith forward the registration information directly to him.


Richard Fralick

From: Stockdale, Erik (ECY) [mailto:ESTO461@ECY.WA.GOV]
Sent: Thu 1/21/2010 8:33 AM
To: Richard Fralick
Subject: RE: Law Course on Wetlands
Good morning Dr. Fralick.

Sorry I didn’t get back to you yesterday; I was on Whidbey Island all day. In fact, I met with Robert Pederson yesterday afternoon with some of my staff to talk about how their CAO implementation is working. He mentioned that you had met with him recently.

I asked him if the issue of nonconforming uses came up during their CAO update, or has become an issue during implementation. In short he said “it’s not a problem; there’s established law to deal with this … ” etc. You and others at the County may be interested in speaking to him about it as I believe it is consistent with the message you have been hearing from me and others at Ecology, particularly Gordon White, our Program Manager.

Sorry I dropped the ball on the Law Seminars International course info. I have a “half off” slot available for the prosecutor or any other County staff. Given that they charge an outrageous $495 for government employees for the one-day class, half of that begins to look like a reasonable fee(!).

The seminar in Seattle on Thursday January 28th is titled “Wetlands In Washington”. Information is available at

Please let me know who is attending and I will ask Barb Smith at LSI to forward the registration information.

The person can also contact Barb directly and state that they are registering under my “half off” slot:

Barb Smith
Senior Program Coordinator
Law Seminars International
tel. (206) 567-4490
fax. (206) 567-5058

Am glad someone can take advantage of this.

Many thanks, Erik

Erik Stockdale|Wetlands/401 Unit Supervisor|Department of Ecology| 425-649-7061| 

From: Richard Fralick []
Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 11:06 AM
To: Stockdale, Erik (ECY)
Subject: Law Course on Wetlands

Hi Erik,

Thanks for setting up the conference call with Chuck Steele.  It was very informative and I am still trying to digest it all.

A couple of weeks ago you indicated to me that you had a half-time scholarship that you could make available to San Juan County for a continuing law education course on wetlands.  I spoke with our Prosecuting Attorney yesterday and he expressed a strong interest in taking you up on your offer if it was still available.  If it is please send me the course announcement so I can pass it on to him.

Thank you,

Richard Fralick

1 comment:

  1. Richard,

    I wonder if you could find some funds ( I've a tax invoice sitting in my stack of bills, that should cover it) to send Mr. Cain to some constitutional law courses and some property rights sensitivity traing?

    Rick Boucher, Eastsound.