"The obscure we see eventually. The
completely apparent takes a little longer." - Edward R. Murrow
Fireworks are illegal
without permit in Town of Friday Harbor and throughout San Juan County
The Town of Friday Harbor would like to remind residents and visitors that it
is illegal to possess, sell, offer to sell, use, transfer, discharge or explode
fireworks anywhere in San Juan County without a permit (SJC Code 9.20). This
includes within the Town limits of Friday Harbor (Town Municipal Code 9.06). All
personal fireworks, including those recognized as "Safe and Sane" such as
sparklers, are prohibited.
While the fireworks prohibition has been effect for many years, the urgency
of this reminder is extremely important this year. The recent high temperatures
and lack of precipitation have created tinder dry conditions that are more
typical of early August than mid-June. District 3 Fire Chief Steve Marler says
he wouldn’t be surprised to see the fire danger level increase from "moderate"
to "high" by the end of June. The danger level did not exceed "moderate" in
2014. "This year it will be absolutely critical that islanders and visitors
respect the rule and enjoy the professional pyrotechnic shows on the islands,"
"People are encouraged to enjoy a spectacular Fourth of July display over the
Port of Friday Harbor compliments of the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce,"
said Town Administrator Duncan Wilson, adding that this will be by far the
largest display ever produced in Town.
Sheriff Ron Krebs says deputies will issue warnings when warranted, but will
not hesitate to cite violators. "Public welfare is our primary concern, and that
includes protecting people, property and wildlife from the clearly preventable
fire and injury caused by fireworks," explained Sheriff Krebs. The County may
fine up to $250 per violation.
Illegal fireworks are prohibited on Washington State Ferries. Travelers using
the Anacortes terminal will be subject to periodic inspections by the Washington
State Patrol. Illegal fireworks will be confiscated.
The public is asked to exercise extreme caution and to stay alert for signs
of fireworks or smoke. Reports of potential violations or smoke should be
reported to 911.
Contact: Duncan Wilson, Town Administrator, (360) 378-2810, ext 226, email@example.com
From: Duncan Wilson, Town Administrator
Trespassing at Trout Lake
Date: July 2014
Trout Lake is an environmentally sensitive
area consisting of approximately 600 acres that supplies the drinking
water for the Town of Friday Harbor. The Town has recently installed
security cameras to monitor activity at the Trout Lake Dam and to
regulate access to the Town’s water shed.
Town officials were greatly disturbed to find
evidence of significant trespassing activity at the lake which was
detected with these security cameras. People have been photographed with
their horses, dogs and apparently have been swimming in the lake; all in
violation of posted NO TRESPASSING signs at the locked gate.
"We understand that Trout Lake is a very
beautiful and pristine area, but has remained so because it is a
protected watershed where access is restricted" said Duncan Wilson, Town
Administrator. "The State Department of Health and the Town are
extremely concerned about this unauthorized intrusion into the
watershed, especially during the summer months when the fire risk is so
Because of the limited access points, the Fire
District has restricted ability to combat a wild land blaze in this
area. A fire in the watershed has the potential to significantly impair
the water system for years and could contaminate the lake with slurry
that would jeopardize the provision of clean water to the entire
community, according to Steve Deem from the Washington State Department
The Town will be requesting that the County
Prosecutor bring charges against all individuals who enter the premises
without official business subsequent to this notice. Trespass in the
Second Degree is a misdemeanor and carries a potential penalty of up to
90 days in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine.
New, larger warning signs are being posted
near the restricted access points and Town personnel will be doing
inspections throughout the week to ensure compliance. The Town
appreciates everyone’s cooperation in keeping this area free of
unregulated human contact. For those interested in finding appropriate
and beautiful areas of the islands that are open to the public for
hiking please visit
Town Parks Map
Town Time Limit
Parking Map (.pdf)
BE PART OF THE SOLUTION TO
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM? The next time it rains, look
at a street gutter or roadside ditch. The rain, rather than seeping into the
soil, flows quickly off roads and roofs. It picks up detergents, oil,
grease, heavy metals, and trash from roads, sediment from construction sites
and pesticides and fertilizers from lawns. It rushes through storm drains
and, when discharged to the local waterways, erodes the natural eco-system.
Contrary to popular belief, most storm drains are not connected to treatment
systems. Whatever enters the drain is discharged directly, untreated into
local waterways. What started as a friendly rain, is now a serious polluter.
Stormwater pollution is also known as "nonpoint source
pollution," as it comes from many locations that, while each may be very
small, cumulatively have a large impact. Stormwater pollution can make
monitoring and treatment of our drinking water more difficult and costly. In
addition, it can hinder the health of the aquatic ecosystem and eventually
result in the loss of our waterways for recreational purposes.
HOW CAN YOU HELP? Businesses, residents and
visitors can promote the protection of water quality by taking action to
reduce those activities that lead to non-point source water pollution. You
can help by using the following tips below to prevent pollution. More
information is available by contacting the San Juan County Public Works
Department or the Town of Friday Harbor.
Additionally, the Town is in the process of marking storm
drain inlets in private parking areas with decals and distributing
informational handouts to businesses.
TOP TEN THINGS YOU CAN DO TO BE A "SOLUTION TO
Never dump anything down a storm drain or into a
Recycle motor oil and other vehicle fluids.
Throw litter in its place.
Clean up after your pet.
Check and repair your vehicles for leaks.
Dispose of household hazardous wastes at designated
Compost yard clippings.
Use fertilizer and pesticide only when needed (Read
If you wash your vehicle at home, do so on the lawn
rather than the pavement.
Tell a friend or neighbor about how to prevent
stormwater pollution and get involved in your community.
Thank you for your cooperation!
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