City seeks public input on flooding and watershed issues

Input to help Port Orchard develop a plan to manage issues

PORT ORCHARD — The City of Port Orchard has begun a planning process for managing stormwater and watershed issues, which has become something of an ongoing issue throughout the area.

As part of that planning process, the city has recently launched an online map and survey to provide an opportunity for public input on flooding and watersheds. The survey will allow residents to report their observations and ideas about those issues, said Zack Holt, the city’s stormwater manager.

Information submitted from residents will be considered by the city as it develops a list of potential solutions, Holt said in a news release. He said projects will be prioritized by considering public safety, community needs and environmental benefits.

The online map at arcg.is/1ivbDg0 will be available for viewing through March 31. The city said it aims to engage the community in the development of a plan to better manage stormwater and protect and restore natural resources.

“We are in the process of developing and prioritizing our list of large stormwater and environmental projects,” Holt said. “The goal is to better manage runoff so that water resources and natural habitats are protected and restored.”

The City of Port Orchard’s web map and survey forum will allow residents to:

  • Mark the location of specific flooding and watershed issues.
  • Provide input on community flooding issues, watershed health issues, and natural areas for conservation/protection.
  • Sign up for project updates.
  • Provide feedback anonymously or opt-in to answer follow-up questions about their responses.

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