Brinnon Group grant to monitor water quality in Hood Canal

Project also to focus on Duckabush River

BRINNON — The Brinnon Group has received a $10,000 grant for monitoring impacts of the Pleasant Harbor Master Planned Resort Development on Hood Canal.

The grant will be used to establish a system to monitor water quality in Hood Canal and the Duckabush River related to the Pleasant Harbor Master Planned Resort development, a press release from the group said.

The Brinnon Group will be contracting water quality specialists and also working with the expertise of supporters in establishing the plan, the release said.

The grant comes from the Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, a grant-making fund enabled by the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance’s Clean Water Act enforcement program, which protects the health of Puget Sound and its residents by enforcing water quality laws against serious violators, the release said.

The goal of the fund is to mitigate past pollution harms by supporting community-based efforts to protect and/or improve the water quality of Puget Sound. The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment administers the Fund, the release said.

“We were supported in our grant proposal by the Sierra Club and the Hood Canal Environmental Council,” Barbara Moore-Lewis, Brinnon Group secretary/treasurer, said in the release. “Other environmental groups have promised their support as well.

“We are grateful for all the support and look forward to a successful project.”

The plan that is developed with the grant and monitoring results will be posted on the Brinnon Group website, brinnongroup.org.

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