Sunday, May 6, 2012

Living Between Their Lines

Fortunately, something that did NOT make it's way into the draft version of the wetlands CAO (just barely) was a requirement for permanently demarcating buffers with signs. Excerpts from some of the emails discussing signs are shown below, and I've included a photo of a CAO sign from Whatcom County.

While we were able to avoid signs in our draft wetlands CAO for now, we nevertheless know where some community members want to take this County.

Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign? We might as well be a lifelike display at Disneyland or a Potemkin village.

--- On Mon, 1/23/12, Scott Rozenbaum <> wrote:

From: Scott Rozenbaum <>
Subject: Re: permanent markers for buffer boundaries
To: "Paul Adamus" <>
Cc: "Janice Biletnikoff" <>, "Ed Kilduff" <>, "Janet Alderton" <>, "Shireene Hale" <>, "Dan Nickel" <>, "Rachel Dietzman" <>, "Erik (ECY)Stockdale" <ESTO461@ECY.WA.GOV>, "Anderson Paul (ECY NWRO SEA)" <paan461@ECY.WA.GOV>, "Belluomini Steve" <>, "TomHruby" <thru461@ECY.WA.GOV>
Date: Monday, January 23, 2012, 3:29 PM
I was off on the prices of the signage.

See excerpt below from King County Wetland regs:

Wetland Not in Tract
Wetland signs and fences may be required by the department.
Sign and fence Requirements
The signs must be placed at the edge of the required buffer, between the buffer and
the 15-foot BSBL. The spacing of the signs will be determined during the review of
the development proposal. Generally signs are spaced every 50 feet to 150 feet and
stationed in a prominent location (i.e. at the closest point to the proposed
development). Signs may be attached to a post or fence. Wetland Areas Boundary
signs are available from the King County Department of Development and
Environmental Services for $2.50. A Stream Sign Installation Detail is available from


On Jan 23, 2012, at 12:36 PM, Paul Adamus wrote:

How about "permanent and obvious..." ?   More than just having a legal record of where the buffer is supposed to be, the purpose of markers is to visually dissuade people and ATVs from overusing the buffer area and thus compacting the soil or unintentionally disturbing wildlife in the wetland.  A survey pin would not accomplish that.

Paul Adamus

From: Janet Alderton [] 
Sent: Monday, January 23, 2012 10:01 AM
To: Shireene Hale; Scott Rozenbaum; Dan Nickel; Janice Biletnikoff; Rachel Dietzman; Erik (ECY)Stockdale; Anderson Paul (ECY NWRO SEA); Belluomini Steve; Ed Kilduff; Paul Adamus
Cc: TomHruby
Subject: Re: permanent markers for buffer boundaries

Hi everyone,

I know that we are outside of the commenting window, but I have found reference to the marking of buffer boundaries for Kitsap County in WA State. I favor some permanent marking of buffer boundaries.


#07 49708               Brown Reasonable Use Exception Staff Report              6
2. Buffer enhancement shall occur pursuant to the February 10, 2007 buffer enhancement plan prepared by B & A, Inc. Enhancement shall include plantings as specified in the plant list (Table 1), and removal of blackberry plants and fill within the designated buffer area.
3. The final planting schedule and monitoring plan shall be conditions of future building permit approval. Written confirmation of fill removal shall be submitted to Kitsap County DCD, by the applicant’s wetland consultant prior to building permit issuance.
4. A split rail fence shall be installed along the perimeter of the replanted buffer area prior to final occupancy, as indicated on the site plan. Wetland buffer signs (available from the Department) shall be installed at 50 foot intervals along the fence.
cc:           Hearing Examiner Clerk of the Hearing Examiner Kitsap County DCD, Development Engineering Kitsap County DCD Staff Planner: David Greetham DCD File


  1. I suspect this was the initial draft design:

  2. This looks almost like the logo for the Friends of the San Juans. Mere coincidence? Let's see the logic here. The issue is to "protect" wetlands and we can manufacture thousands of signs and create some jobs. OK. So, its not really about development or use at some point, it's about keep out and stay out. So, logically, all wetlands in the County must be delineated (who will pay?) and signs erected around all of them (who will pay?) regardless of use contemplated or not but by the fact that they are there, or someone thinks they are. That's the final logical absurdity.

  3. Don't you think signs everywhere will enhance the natural beauty of our precious wet lands?
    It isn't fair that people should be allowed to own property. Freedom isn't fair. End freedom now!

  4. Yes Comrade!

    "Free" people make decisions which damage Mother Gaia and result in insufficient "social justice". The people must be controlled so that the environment is restored and equal outcomes are assured. As Prof. Lovelock has so correctly stated, "democracy must be put on hold"! As John Rawls states, "no one should control more resources than another". The CAO is the first revolutiomary step toward equality in the San Juan Islands. Look for the sign up stations where one can volunteer to join the "Wetlands Watch Brigade"!

  5. ATVs????? Where does Adamus think we are?

  6. For the pittance we paid him, you surely don't think Adamus had time to look at local circumstances, do you?

  7. Bricklanders, wetlanders, they're all the same collectivist mentality. Like the Borg. You will be assimilated. What ever you thought was yours, belongs to the community, give it to us. Who represents the community? Why, the Friends of the San Juans. Just ask 'em. They speak for all of us now, not just the trees. Their mission has expanded somewhat since their franchise was established here in 1979.


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