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Public Meeting, South Whidbey: Dike trail access at the end of Deer Lagoon Road

This notice comes from Connie Bowers, Assistant County Engineer:

Public Meeting, South Whidbey: Dike trail access at the end of Deer Lagoon Road
Join us at a public meeting to learn about possible improvements to the end of Deer Lagoon Road, and provide comments.

Thursday, September 12th at 5:30

Useless Bay Golf and Country Club: 5725 Country Club Drive

The focus of the discussion will be on the access to the trail on the dike at the end of Deer Lagoon Road. Public Works needs to do some culvert work in the area and relocate the current trail entrance onto public property. This work provides an opportunity to look at potential access improvements to the dike.

Items being considered are;

> Replacing the chain link fence with bollards, providing an access on county property instead of the existing route on private property.

> Various possible additional parking options from an ADA spot near the access entrance to a few spots near the access entrance.

> Associated landscaping removal/installation.

Any improvements will maintain the emergency access function of the dike for residents on Shore Drive / Double Bluff Road.

Conceptual Plan Options can be previewed through this link, although the file is large:
http://links.govdelivery.com/track? type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwOTA1Ljk4NTYyODEmbWVzc2FnZ WlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwOTA1Ljk4NTYyODEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNjc4MjcyNi ZlbWFpbGlkPWNvbm5pZWJAY28uaXNsYW5kLndhLnVzJnVzZXJpZD1jb25uaWViQGNvLmlzbGFuZC53YS51cyZ 0YXJnZXRpZD0mZmw9Jm12aWQ9JmV4dHJhPSYmJg==&&&101&&&https://content.govdelivery.com/att achments/WACOISLAND/2019/08/28/file_attachments/1274471/Deer%20lagoon%20Conceptual%20 Plan%20Set.pdf

The meeting will include a comment activity, but for those not able to attend, here is a link to a Deer Lagoon Comment Form:

http://links.govdelivery.com/track? type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwOTA1Ljk4NTYyODEmbWVzc2FnZ WlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwOTA1Ljk4NTYyODEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNjc4MjcyNi ZlbWFpbGlkPWNvbm5pZWJAY28uaXNsYW5kLndhLnVzJnVzZXJpZD1jb25uaWViQGNvLmlzbGFuZC53YS51cyZ 0YXJnZXRpZD0mZmw9Jm12aWQ9JmV4dHJhPSYmJg==&&&102&&&https://content.govdelivery.com/att achments/WACOISLAND/2019/08/27/file_attachments/1274218/DEERLAGOONROADSOUTH%20END%20D IKE%20ACCESS.pdf

Links to the power point presentation will be available after the meeting.

The conversation may touch on the Non-Motorized Trails Plan, but it is not the subject of this meeting.

For more information contact Matthew Lander, Engineering Manager m.lander@co.island.wa.us
(360) 240-5545
South Whidbey Prefix (360) 321-5111 x 5545

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Birding in the Neighborhoods - Weekly Field Trips

South Whidbey
The trips are every other Thursday and the meeting time varies with the season. If you would like to be notified of the events, contact Cathi Bower (email) .

North Whidbey
The trips are on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. If you wish to be notified of the events, contact Marcia Lazoff (email) .

Monday, Sept. 23: Field Trip
Jay Adams will lead a field trip to sites on Fir Island including Wiley Sough, Hayton Preserve and Channel Drive. The area is a shorebird haven with many shorebirds and other fall migrants. Leave Coupeville at 7:30 a.m. from the parking lot behind the Coupeville Library and pick up north Islanders at the north end of the Home Depot Store in Oak Harbor about 8:00 a.m. Bring a bag lunch. We will be home late in the afternoon. The trip is limited to 10 participants. Register by emailing Jay. Registration is first come, first served. No special footwear is required. Spotting scopes are recommended.

Tuesday, Oct. 15: Field Trip
Darwin Wile will lead a field trip to Deer Lagoon, meeting at the Bayview Park & Ride at 9:00 a.m. While Deer Lagoon hosts multitudes of birds all year long, it doesn't get much better than October. There will be a profusion of ducks, shorebirds, terns, and gulls. Not a bad time for raptors either -- eagles, ospreys, harriers, and perhaps a falcon or two and maybe even a short-eared owl. Swallows and waxwings should still be present as well as sparrows and finches. Also, we should see numbers of loons, grebes, and scoters and probably brants and geese in Useless Bay, not to mention a pelican or two still hanging around. But the big numbers are likely to be shorebirds -- yellowlegs, western and least sandpipers, dunlins, dowitchers, and possibly a phalarope or two. All in all, October is a splendid time for birding! (email)