Camano Action for a Rural Environment

Camano Action for a Rural Environment
Shoreline Master Program and Ordinance Approved PDF Print E-mail
Written by Allison Warner   
Thursday, 03 January 2013 11:43

On December 27, the Board of Island County Commissioners approved Resolution No. C-125-12 (PLG-007-12) to send the Island County Shoreline Master Program to the Washington State Department of Ecology for approval. 

The new Shorelines Designation Map is on the Island County website at: 

The County Shoreline Master Program update website is located at:

CARE Meetings Resume in 2013 on February 14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Allison Warner   
Thursday, 03 January 2013 11:19

Camano Action for a Rural Environment will NOT meet this month, but resume meetings Feb. 14, 7pm, at the Camano Community Center, 141 E Camano Drive.  Plans for 2013, development and land use applications will be discussed.  CARE meets every other month Feb, April, and June and September, November.  To become a member or make a tax-deductible donation, contact CARE, P.O. Box 1742  |  Stanwood WA 98292-1742.


Island County Septic 101 classes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Allison Warner   
Thursday, 23 June 2011 12:52

Island County requires septic inspections every 3 years due to a new state law passed in 2008.  As an initiative of the Clean Water Utility, Island County provides homeowners with conventional gravity and pressure systems to inspect their own septics, once they have gotten training which is available online and in classes you can attend. HOST - Septic 101 and 201 Classes for Island County residents are offered regularly again, thanks to the Clean Water Utility.   

Please visit the website for the online tutorial and to register for classes. This informative class is the first step in giving you the knowledge you need to inspect your own system. Come learn how to properly care for your system, including what everyday maintenance tips can help prevent thousands of dollars worth of repairs. You'll also learn how you septic system works, when you need to pump your system, and what you should ask from your septic system service provider to ensure a complete inspection. Registration is required!.

You can register online at, or call Island County Public Health at (360) 679-7350. (On Camano: 629-4522, ext 7350)  

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 January 2013 11:47 )
Puget Sound Partnership News PDF Print E-mail
Written by Allison Warner   
Monday, 25 July 2011 19:39

What is the status of Salmon Recovery in Puget Sound?

Puget Sound was once home to more populations of Chinook and other salmon with a greater diversity of traits than what exists today. Only 22 of at least 37 historic Chinook populations remain. The remaining Chinook salmon are at only 10% of their historic numbers, with some down lower than 1% of their historic numbers. The decline in salmon is closely associated with the decline in the health of Puget Sound and therefore requires a coordinated, ecosystem-wide restoration effort.

Salmon recovery is guided by implementation of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan, adopted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in January 2007. This recovery plan was developed by Shared Strategy, a grassroots collaborative effort to protect and restore salmon runs across Puget Sound. Shared Strategy engaged local citizens, tribes, technical experts and policy makers to build a practical, cost-effective recovery plan endorsed by the people living and working in the watersheds of Puget Sound. See the Shared Strategy website for additional information on the creation and materials of the planning process.

Salmon recovery actions occur at both the watershed and regional scale. Each watershed has a unique set of priorities, strategies, and actions directing recovery, which are updated by their local policy and technical groups. Representative leaders from each of the 14 watershed areas in the Plan also meet as a regional body to provide strategic input for Plan implementation. At the regional scale, there is also an overarching set of priorities, strategies, and actions directing recovery. A group of policy decision-makers, called the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council, meets regularly to develop guidance for implementation of the Plan and advises the Leadership Council on salmon recovery decisions. This group consists of representatives from each of the 14 watershed areas, the environmental and business community, indian tribes, and state and federal agencies involved in salmon recovery. Additionally, a NOAA-appointed Regional Implementation Technical Team (RITT) works with the regional and local groups to provide technical review and guidance for recovery.

What is the Puget Sound Partnership Doing to Recover Salmon?


Last Updated ( Saturday, 15 October 2011 11:03 )
Written by Allison Warner   
Monday, 04 October 2010 09:29

What is a Transition Town (or village / city / forest / island)?

Here's how it all appears to be evolving...

It all starts off when a small collection of motivated individuals within a community come together with a shared concern: how can our community respond to the challenges, and opportunities, of Peak Oil and Climate Change?

A Transition Initiative is a community (lots of examples here) working together to look Peak Oil and Climate Change squarely in the eye and address this BIG question:

"for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly increase resilience (to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of Climate Change)?"

After going through a comprehensive and creative process of:

  • awareness raising around peak oil, climate change and the need to undertake a community lead process to rebuild resilience and reduce carbon
  • connecting with existing groups in the community
  • building bridges to local government
  • connecting with other transition initiatives
  • forming groups to look at all the key areas of life (food, energy, transport, health, heart & soul, economics & livelihoods, etc)
  • kicking off projects aimed at building people's understanding of resilience and carbon issues and community engagement
  • eventually launching a community defined, community implemented "Energy Descent Action Plan" over a 15 to 20 year timescale

This results in a coordinated range of projects across all these areas of life that strives to rebuild the resilience we've lost as a result of cheap oil and reduce the community's carbon emissions drastically.

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 October 2010 09:37 )
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