Grants Database

Friends of Pierce County
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Project Title:
Saving Shorelines
Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, 2020
Water Resources/Watershed Protection ; Environmental Health & Justice ; Environmental Education ; Land Management/Urban Sprawl/Open Space
South Sound ; Central Sound; ; The project’s focus will be on the shoreline areas of Pierce County, in Puget Sound.
Project Description:

Shorelines are under constant pressure from many angles. Development and buffer reduction are one of the main negative impacts to Puget Sound. When a homeowner wants to reduce a shoreline buffer, they must apply for a shoreline variance with the county. Under the new Pierce County Shoreline regulations, cumulative impacts are to be considered by the Hearing Examiner when deciding to allow shoreline buffer reductions. The problem is the Hearing Examiner only considers how future development will impact a shoreline area – not what is currently built (as required by state law).
In order to establish a precedent for better shoreline protections, we need to be in position to hold the county accountable to better enforce its own regulations and consider the cumulative impacts to Puget Sound shorelines within Pierce County (which are mandatory in the County’s new Shoreline regulations). Friends of Pierce County seeks funding to enlist technical experts, conduct research, educate community members and work with county government to reassess, better define and more thoughtfully apply its shoreline regulations when deciding on cumulative impacts from shoreline development. Funding would also be used for office equipment and mailers.