Grants Database

Brinnon Group
Amount Awarded:
Project Title:
Monitoring Impacts of Pleasant Harbor Master Planned Resort Development on Hood Canal
Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, 2021
Water Resources/Watershed Protection ; Environmental Health & Justice ; Environmental Education
Central Sound
Project Description:

Goal: To establish a system to monitor water quality in Hood Canal and the Duckabush River related to the Pleasant Harbor Master Planned Resort (MPR) development.
**An MPR is an exception to the state Growth Management Act, which allows urban density development in rural areas. The MPR would have 890 residential units on 253
acres, plus commercial and recreational facilities and a golf course.
*The MPR is located on the Duckabush estuary near vulnerable shellfish beds and extensive salmon recovery planning
**MPRs have a high rate of failure, with resulting environmental damage
**The 2019 Land Use Petition Act (LUPA) decision won by the Brinnon Group established regulatory parameters for the development, but to reduce cost it appears the
developer is trying to develop outside the regulations.
**No one is monitoring the water quality or other environmental effects of the MPR (these include impacts on wetlands).
**A baseline of environmental conditions must be established so that if the MPR development fails, we can identify what must be done to mitigate or prevent further impacts
to the Duckabush estuary, Hood Canal, and the shoreline and to hold the county (and any bonds) responsible for restoring the area.
**The ordinance establishing the MPR specifies local participation in monitoring water quality, but allocates no funds for this.
**Using donations, the Brinnon Group has begun to monitor the MPR with a drone and with public documents on the permitting process. The county has few resources, if
any, committed to monitoring the MPR development.
**This proposal is to contract for water quality and legal expertise to develop a system of monitoring environmental impacts, including water quality
*Monitoring would include using Lidar maps, additional drone flights, and water quality testing and analysis
*Monitoring is key in requiring compliance by the developer and to report non compliance to the county and state agencies.