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Harper Estuary Restoration Project Update

Harper Estuary is a small but significant estuary on Kitsap County's south-eastern shore. The estuary has important value for fish and wildlife, recreation and local history. The Harper Estuary Restoration Project aims to re-stablish tidal influence and estuarine habitat. Restoration continues to progress with the completion of phase one work and launching of phase two work. Phase one work:
  • Replaced the under-sized culvert on Southworth Drive with a 16-foot wide box culvert;
  • Removed bricks, contaminated industrial fill, and a concrete bulkhead;
  • Created a tidal connection to the wetland east of the Olympiad culvert; and
  • Added large woody debris on newly shaped spit and installed plants.

Phase One Project Details

Phase two includes the construction of a new 120-foot bridge over the estuary to replace the undersized culvert at Olympiad Drive, and restore tidal influences.

Kitsap County is actively seeking funding to construct the bridge. In 2018, the County applied for state funding from the Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration (PSAR) fund, and the Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program (ESRP). However, no funds have been secured to date. The bridge project is also listed on the County’s Transportation and Improvements Programs (TIP) below the funding line.

Phase Two Project Details

Current Work (January to June 2019)

In support of phase two and full restoration of Harper Estuary, the Washington State Department of Ecology granted Kitsap County funds to enhance and maintain the restoration, perform ecological monitoring, develop a park management plan, and involve the Harper community. The project will:

  • Maintain the restored estuary by removing invasive plants and removing additional bricks
  • Implement of an estuary monitoring program
  • Engage Stakeholders and do outreach (a series of interactive night meetings/workshops that cover topics that address park issues, park management and stewardship opportunities)
  • Develop a park redevelopment and waterway access plan
  • Design, permit, and construct park/public use improvement

How Can I Participate?

  • Attend community meetings to discuss and provide feedback on park improvements
  • Participate in beach walks
  • Get involved in a local stewardship group
  • Click Here to subscribe to the project email to gain regular project updates and notifications about community meetings and public participation
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