This is an application to continue work which we previously have been funded by the Rose Foundation for. Over 2017 and 2018, we received $25,000 for this type of work, and completed a report on the work. This is still important and potentially precedent-setting work, in a niche in which few organizations operate.
The water quality of Puget Sound is threatened by the many land-disturbing development projects underway, especially those which do not comply with applicable codes, particularly relating to water quality,
storm water flow control, wetland delineation, and wetland and stream buffer widths. We have found that agencies and jurisdictions charged with reviewing applications and enforcing codes do not in fact use due
diligence and often approve projects which under closer scrutiny don’t meet the code requirements.
Expert members of the Sno-King Watershed Council have been reviewing permit submittals, engineering diagrams and calculations, wetland and critical area drawings and reports, offering comments, and filing appeals as appropriate. As a result of our reviews, comments, and appeals, we have been successful in protecting streams and wetlands, getting better water quality and flow control designs enacted, and obtained settlements which have been used for construction of rain gardens and other projects to benefit the water quality of Puget Sound. In addition to the direct benefit of these reviews and appeals, they also set precedents, our goal being better subsequent review processes by enforcement agencies.
We rely primarily on volunteer work for civil engineers and stormwater expertise, but also use paid consultants as needed including wetlands biologists and lawyers. We partner with affected downstream jurisdictions and other non-profits. With increased funding and capacity, we could increase the amount of work that we do in this vitally important area. With this proposal, we seek to increase our capacity in the area of project reviews and appeals.