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March 2012    
In This Issue
Cooper Creek Salmon Restoration
Go!Bainbridge Volkswalk
Kitsap 99% Spring Gatheringps
Green Drinks
Neighborhood Preparedness
West Sound Time Bank
SB's Blog

Even as winter continues to spit snow, bright crocus blossoms promise spring.  As spring takes hold, you can enjoy the great outdoors by helping to monitor a local salmon stream, or taking part in a local Volkswalk.   In this month's newsletter you'll also read about the Kitsap 99% Spring Gathering, Green Drinks, and the great work being done by Prepared Neighborhoods.


As always, if you have a sustainability issue that inspires or interests you, please let us know!   Sharing our ideas strengthens relationships, weaves a community together and becomes the heart of sustainability. You can contact us by email or by phone at 206/842-4439.  We look forward to hearing from you!
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Cooper Creek Salmon Restoration Program 

Call for Volunteers!  


The fourth and final year of the Cooper Creek Salmon Program is underway, and the Watershed Council needs your help!

The Cooper Creek program is a partnership between the Watershed Council, the City of Bainbridge Island, and the Suquamish Tribe to restore salmon to Cooper Creek at the head of Eagle Harbor. For many years, Cooper Creek was not passable to salmon and the natural spawning run on this stream was lost. With the implementation of a fish-passable culvert about a decade ago, salmon can now move into this watershed. This program aims to help jump-start that return by holding young salmon for a several week period along the stream and feeding them to imprint them on the stream and get them to a bigger size that is less susceptible to being eaten, and thereby increase their chances of returning to spawn as adults.

If you are interested in helping out, we need volunteers to help with n the daily care and feeding of our young salmon. We'll be installing the equipment on-site and bringing in the fish the weekend of March 10 and 11, and feeding shifts to care for our young salmon will start thereafter. We'll have feeding shifts available 3x per day, 7 days per week, for the next few months, and folks can sign up for whatever number of shifts they can handle, so there are many options to fit your schedule. You need to be at least 14 years of age (under 18 need an adult's permission) and physically capable of walking about a mile over uneven terrain to participate.

To learn more about the program, and to access the link for signing up for volunteering, visit us at Bainbridge Island Watershed Council or email us at

Go!Bainbridge invites you to join a

Volkswalk on Bainbridge Island


March 24, starting between 9 am and noon at Battle Point Park   


Walk on Battle Point Park trails and in the Grand Forest. Battle Point is a well developed park with paved trails and play fields. The Forest to Sky Trail is a beautiful trail leading to the Grand Forest. The 10K walk will go through loop trails in the Grand Forest, which consists of second growth forest and wildlife habitat. Not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Pets permitted on leash. You don't need to be a registered Volkswalker to join, and you can learn more about this organization at the starting point.


For more information, email Bruce Ramsey or phone (360) 697-5526  


Kitsap 99% Spring Gathering    

Saturday, March 24, 10am - 6pm

Port Gamble S'Klallam tribal center

31912 Little Boston Road NE, Kingston


A day of fun, civic dialogue, workshops, fun, food, art music...did we mention fun?! The purpose of this FREE event is to broaden participation of Kitsap county residents in discussing ways to make our society work for the 100% and in the process build stronger connections within our community. Speakers include Sarah van Gelder, editor of YES! Magazine, David Korten, author of Agenda for a New Economy, and Bill Moyer, head of The Backbone Campaign. Activities include workshops developed by the participants, a "General Assembly" to review the day, music, drumming, art, and food -- including options for kids.


The Gathering is the brainchild of members of North Kitsap 99% and Occupy Bremerton, who have been planning the event since early January. Over 50 volunteers from around Kitsap County, including Bainbridge Island, based in seven working groups are developing the event. Planners were delighted that the Port Gamble S'Klallam tribe offered the use of their center for the day. Co-sponsors of the event to date include Abundantly Green Certified Organic Produce, Ground Zero Base for Non Violent Action, Kitsap Community and Agricultural Alliance, Liberty Bay Books, Live Food for Live People Services, MoveOn Kitsap, Paperbacks Plus Port Orchard, Pheasant Field Farms, SEIU Healthcare 775, Sustainable Bainbridge, Suquamish Olalla Neighbors, and YES! Magazine. More to follow!


More information, including how to volunteer is on Facebook and at    

Green Drinks Green Drinks BI
Friday, March 30
6:30 - 8:30pm
Eleven Winery
7671 NE Day Road

Join us for another lively "happy hour" for environmental advocates! Eleven Winery will host our March gathering at their new location on Day Road. Watch for details at and on our Facebook Page!

Salish Sea Islands Preparedness Gathering

Sponsored by Prepared Neighborhoods 


Citizen activists will be gathering at IslandWood this spring to cross-pollinate and compare notes. These activists are working to build resilient communities through emergency preparedness. Organized by Sustainable Bainbridge's own Prepared Neighborhoods, the event will collect the unique and inventive ideas utilized by groups on the islands of the Salish Sea. Focusing on citizen efforts, the gathering will be a new opportunity to share best practices and generate a regional resiliency peer group.


Prepared Neighborhoods, an initiative of Sustainable Bainbridge, was introduced in 2011. Our focus is to make preparedness easy and fun, as we work to unite neighbors, their immediate community and the Island community. Interested in more information? Please email  

West Sound Time Bank
Another Introductory Session - Thursday, April 5, 6:30 - 9:00pm
Rhododendron Apartments Community Room
235 High School Road NW

Thirty people have already signed up to be Time Bank members, offering 90 different services! If you were unable to make one of the first introductory sessions, please join us! Bring a dish to share, a plate and tableware! Following a potluck, the program will begin at 7:10pm.
  • Learn how members earn credit by using their skills to help others, and withdraw hours by asking for help when they need it.
  • See a demonstration of how "deposits" and "withdrawals" are recorded in our online database.
  • Discover the many ways we can be in service to each other. 
  • Learn how to apply for and activate membership.

For more information, email, or call 206-842-4800.  

On the Sustainable Bainbridge Blog!

Jon Quitslund writes:  "On February 9th, the proponents of the Grow Community development finally had their chance to present the project to the Planning Commission, and a three-hour meeting was devoted to the formal presentation, Q & A with Commission members, and public comment.

It was a lively evening, and there was a good audience for the proceedings.  I was present with other citizens who had contributed to the project's 'Sustainability Action Plan,' a book-length document that provides the rationale for a somewhat utopian community. . . ."

If you are interested in working with great people and helping us coordinate some volunteer activity, we'd love to hear from you.  Contact us at for more information.


Sustainable Bainbridge Board