March 2, 2018 Whidbey News-Times:

“Landing’s water tests high in fecal coliform”

“Penn Cove has been designated at risk of having its water quality designation downgraded, which would eliminate shell fishing in the area.”

March 26, 2018 Whidbey News-Times:

“NPS steps up to tackle water contamination”

“Caitlin Budd, a water quality specialist with the county, said fecal coliform levels do seem to be lower after the completion of the project.”

“However, she said the department will require data over two years with at least 12 samples per year to draw a conclusion on the effectiveness of the project.”

“Budd also said there are many other smaller pollution sources that are dispersed throughout the Ebey’s Landing watershed that also likely contribute to the poor water quality designation.”

March 31, 2018 South Whidbey Record:

“WEAN digs into asphalt mounds”

“Every agency is pointing at every other agency.”

 

We live next to a large collection of junk cars in the Rolling Hills community. Multiple junk cars were towed to this property during the Spring/Summer of 2017. This property is located within the boundaries of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

The previous property owner was issued Island County Cease and Desist Order: Case No. 025/14 dated 2/19/15 for storage of junk cars. This Cease and Desist Order indicates several reasons why junk car storage can not be permitted in this residential neighborhood.

From Cease and Desist Order Case No. COV 025/14:

Page 2 of 4 C. No Junk/Salvage yard can be permitted in a Rural Residential Zone.

Page 2 of 4 D. No more than one junk vehicle can be stored on a lot less than one acre in size.

Page 3 of 4 I. Minimum parcel size for home industry is 2.5 acres. In order to operate home industry on parcel- owner must be full-time resident.

There is no permitted residence on this parcel.

The lot in question is less than one acre in size.

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

 

Applicable Island County Code 17.03.180 – Land use standards. “Junk vehicles shall have all batteries and fluids properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.”

We made public records requests and were able to determine that no procedures exist for inspecting junk cars to verify that all batteries and fluids have been properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.

We made public records requests and were able to determine that the Island County Health Department has never found any junk vehicle, anywhere in the county, anytime in the past 5 years that was in violation of code.

Public Records Requests results here: Public Records Request – 5 Year History – No Junk Vehicle Found in Violation of Code – Anywhere in Island County

Take a look at water quality for Penn Cove recreational (sport) harvest of shellfish here.

More here:

Ebey’s Landing & Penn Cove Water Quality

Penn Cove Water Quality

Detailed Timeline and Results of Public Records Requests on this Rolling Hills property here:

Island County Records Creation Protocols

Junk cars photo timeline here:

Penn Cove Watershed

 

 

 

 

 

Photo- Cold Case Files of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve