Reminder: Deadline for public comment on Quartermaster Harbor Mooring Buoy Plan is January 7

abandoned netpen - Quartermaster Harbor
DNR staff post the first trespass notice on abandoned net pen in Quartermaster Harbor in October. Photo: Toni Droscher/DNR.

DNR’s plan for locating mooring buoys in Quartermaster Harbor has been available for public review for several weeks now. If you’d like to comment on the plan, the deadline is January 7. View the draft plan, along with the required State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) documents.

Thanks to everyone who commented on the plan so far. We appreciate your involvement in this important project—especially those folks who came to our Vashon workshops over the past year and a half to help us identify existing buoys and provide us with more “local knowledge” about the area. We value your input!

In related news, this week, the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber published an article about the large net pen that’s been illegally anchored on state-owned aquatic lands in Dockton for about 20 years. Reporter Natalie Johnson took a boat ride to the net pen with some of our Aquatic Resources staff to observe as they posted a final notice of trespass on the abandoned structure. With no one claiming ownership, DNR will be removing the net pen for safety and environmental reasons–and to make room for new mooring buoys as outlined in the plan.

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