Whidbey Examiner


Restoration plan is risky

October 25, 2012 · Updated 12:36 PM

Angie Homola’s Swan Lake Preservation Group wants to use Island County’s Shoreline “Restoration” plan to turn Boss/Swan Lake into a body of salt water, thus moving Puget Sound inland and seriously risking salt water intrusion into the fresh water wells of residents living in the vicinity of West Beach, including the area just south of where the Navy has just started drawing fresh water from wells to water the Navy Golf Course.

On one hand, Commissioner Homola, Commissioner Helen Price Johnson and the Whidbey Environmental Action Network have vociferously fought Urban Growth Area expansion westward from Oak Harbor on the premise that the area around Boss/Swan Lake is environmentally sensitive.

Contrarily, this same trio has now apparently taken the stance that, while additional storm water running into Boss/Swan Lake would be problematic, flooding that area with twice-daily tidal salt water at taxpayer expense would be peachy keen.

Never mind that doing so would create a potentially serious risk of salt water intrusion into surrounding well water. That would mean that members of the newly formed Whidbey West Water Association would either have to purchase reverse-osmosis systems to desalinate sea water or spend about $1 million to connect to the Navy pipes recently installed along Golf Course Road. Even association President Jerry Pitsch is on record at public forums espousing the “importance” of Boss/Swan Lake for salmon “restoration.” I am hoping some real change comes this November election season.

William Burnett

Oak Harbor


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