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"The obscure we see eventually.  The completely apparent takes a little longer." - Edward R. Murrow

Trout Lake Level: -15.5"  7/01/15

 

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," said Marler.

"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, duncanw@fridayharbor.org

 

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From:  Duncan Wilson, Town Administrator

Re:  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 great."

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 of Health.

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 sanjuanislandtrails.org.
 

 

Town Parks Map (.pdf)      Town Time Limit Parking Map (.pdf)

BE PART OF THE SOLUTION TO STORMWATER POLLUTION

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 STORMWATER POLLUTION" 

  1. Never dump anything down a storm drain or into a drainage ditch.

  2. Recycle motor oil and other vehicle fluids.

  3. Throw litter in its place.

  4. Clean up after your pet.

  5. Check and repair your vehicles for leaks.

  6. Dispose of household hazardous wastes at designated locations.

  7. Compost yard clippings.

  8. Use fertilizer and pesticide only when needed (Read the label!).

  9. If you wash your vehicle at home, do so on the lawn rather than the pavement.

  10. Tell a friend or neighbor about how to prevent stormwater pollution and get involved in your community.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Downtown Friday Harbor - early 1950's    link to (much) larger version - 638kb

photo courtesy Bob Low

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