This letter was sent registered mail on 11/17/07.
After 4 months waiting, The POCD has finally answered our letter.
Pend Oreille County Conservation District
District Board Chairman
PO Box 280
Newport, WA 99156
Dear Ms. Wear
In August of this year residents of Sacheen Lake attended
your monthly meeting and gave the Board this list of questions. I am writing to ask for a written response to the outstanding
questions. As we discussed, the POCD is an important entity for the county, and there may be things we can all do to insure
its survival and functionality.
is the process of determining if a project qualifies under a grant? For example, hiring a hydrologist to determine the best
way to reduce flooding at Sacheen Lake did not qualify, however larger beaver tubes did qualify. How will the checks and balances
be organized for the next $75,000 in grant money?
the POCD help with the Beaver Tube Project and assist with the quality monitoring process asked for by the Pend Oreille Planning
the Conservation District be doing a translation of the Wetland Delineation applicability to Sacheen issues?
the grant stipulations, who is writing grants for us in the West Branch LSR Watershed? What consideration is being given to
Sacheen? What was the rationale behind Russ Fletcher declining to help write the permit applications for the Sacheen Tube
5. Is the
current progress report for the Watershed Committee (and Ecology) ready?
6. Is there
any money left from the County funded beaver dam reduction project last year?
anyone from POCD been downstream since the delineation final report and the tube project application and approval?
will the next $75,000 in funding be apportioned?
Finding common ground that we all can all work from to
reduce flooding at Sacheen Lake would be beneficial to both the Lake residents as well as the downstream neighbors. Thank
you for your attention to this requisition. We look forward to hearing your response.
Save Our Sacheen
Cc: Bruce H. Erickson
Attorney at Law
Pend Oreille Conservation District
P.O. Box 280· Newport, Washington 99156· Telephone: (509) 447-5370· FAX: (509) 447-0371
March 4, 2008
Dear Save Our Sacheen,
This letter is in response to the written questions received at the November 2007 Board
of Supervisors meeting.
1. Projects are normally solicited by the landowners within the district, based on available
grants and lesser monies available from the Washington State Conservation Commission. These are OUT main sources of funding. IfPOCD has the manpower
and/or the monies to complete a project, it is taken under consideration by the Board, provided it qualifies under the scope
of the grants, which also dictates the checks and balances. We are, at times, also solicited by other entities to provide
oversight and/or facilitation.
2. The beaver tube project at Sacheen was put forward by the Sacheen Sewer District and
the West Branch Little Spokane River Committee, a sub-committee of the WRIA 55/57. POCD has access to CTED (Community Trade
and Economic Development) monies to do Beaver Mitigation projects only, but these monies are for "bricks and mortar"
type projects and allows no administrative cost or studies, i.e. hydrology. POCD has been and continues to work with the West
Branch Committee. The Sacheen Sewer District and the county are also represented on that committee.
3. The Shannon and Wilson Wetland Delineation presentation to the WBLSR Committee was
held after we received the finalized report. We understand it was excellent and well received
4. 5.6.8. Russ Fletcher resigned in June of 2007, before you posed
these questions. Therefore, we are not certain what you refer to when you state "per the grant stipulations, who is
writing grant for us'!" Due to this, we are not able to answer your question regarding writing permit applications or the
progress report. Andrew Huddleston now represents POCD at these meetings. Andrew looked into the funding aspects and reported
to the committee on Monday, February 25, 2008. The committee voted to extend a portion (213) of the monies, which
total $12,000..$13,000 to retain the facilitator and the remainder for POCD administration of the CTED monies (approximately
$75,000). The WBLSR Committee will decide how the project monies are to be used throughout the watershed. When those monies
are gone, POCD will again have to seek monies for administration in order to be able to execute the CTED monies.
5. No one from POCD has been downstream since Mr. Fletcher resigned Andrew intends to
work with the landowner after the snow melts, to gain access and a better understanding of what is going on out there.
The POCD Board, as part of their 5 Year Plan, has continued to be
involved in matters at Sacheen Lake and throughout the West Branch in order to solve, educate, and be proactive in matters
affecting the watershed We thank you for your inquiry and appreciate the opportunity to continue to work with all landowners
and groups at Sacheen Lake and the West Little spokaneWatershed.