Kitsap County is located on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State. It is bordered on the west by the Hood Canal, the north by Puget Sound, across the Puget Sound on the east by King County and the south by Mason County. As of the 2010 U. S. Census, Kitsap County has a total land area of 394.94 square miles and a population of 251,133. Bremerton is its largest city with a population of 37,729. Also of interest:
- The intersecting watershed sub-basins(2): Puget Sound and Hood Canal.
- Major lakes: Kitsap Lake and Long Lake.
- Major river: Union River
- Gold Mountain (1,761 feet) is the highest point in Kitsap County.
- Kitsap County is one of the smallest counties in the state in terms of land area; however, it ranks third in the state in terms of its population density.
A significant number of Puget Sound property owners have been altering their shorelines without required permits. A new report suggests that state and local regulators should increase enforcement and make penalties more costly for violators.
A 2014 report by the Kitsap Public Heath District describes the goals and achievements of the Shellfish Restoration and Protection Project including: increasing harvestable shellfish growing areas, establishing a routine shoreline monitoring program, improving water quality, and increasing education of water quality and shellfish protection.
Comprehensive watershed plan for sustainable development and restoration of the Gorst Creek watershed
A 2014 report explains the development of a comprehensive land use plan that is based on the ecological values and functions of the Gorst Creek Watershed in southeast Kitsap County.