Letter to the editor: The Perrinville watershed is in danger


The first of two public hearings about development in the Perrinville watershed will be during the Tuesday, Oct, 6 city council meeting. This hearing will focus on approving a multifamily development on 76th Avenue. The primary concern with this development from an environmental viewpoint is the impact on the fragile Perrinville watershed. Already Perrinville Creek floods regularly, flowing through people’s yards, filling the creek with sediment and blocking access for salmon and trout.

There is no overall plan for the watershed to guide decisions about development. Although no one development will be fatal to the area, the cumulative effects of many ill-considered projects will be more than the watershed can tolerate. Until some master plan for the Perrinville watershed is implemented, the council should not be asked to approve actions affecting it.

The second hearing, on Monday Nov. 2, involves destruction of the Perrinville Woods above Olympic View Drive. The official question is whether the city should give away a street right of way to the developer, but the larger issue is whether the Perrinville watershed can withstand loss of these woods that absorb much of the local runoff.  More on that as the Nov. 6 hearing nears.

I hope Edmonds citizens will let the city know if you want the environmental consequences of development to be more carefully considered. We need responsible development.

Marjie Fields


  1. Margie, please let me know how we can rally those citizens Who have the Perrinville creek running through their properties and will be affected by this development.

  2. So This was never thought of in the first place ,maybe post office and the businesses in Perrinville should have a catchment pond just the water amount from those two is what have killed the creek as a long time resident before those were there no issue .As far as house’s on 76th they might add too it the small road vacate with woods not so much .

  3. Perrinville sure isn’t the ghost town it was a decade ago !!
    Now there’s a 40 unit apartment house complex going in…that’s going to be 80 more cars going up and down 76th. And all the associated pollutants going into the stormdrains..
    The 14 proposed luxury homes on the 5 acres that is now the Perrinville Wods will really deal a blow to the Perrinville watershed.
    There will be a lost of over 100 significant large conifers . These woods provide tremendous environmental benefits to the watershed. And since the City of Edmonds has no tree code to mitigate the loss of those trees , those trees wiill all be gone for good and no new replacement trees will be planted in their place.
    There needs to be improvements made to the stormwater system in Perrinville before any more development is allowed in Perrinville.
    There needs to be a Tree Code enacted that requires replacement trees before any more development is allowed in Perrinville.
    In fact. the Perrinville Woods should never be developed because it is on such steep terrain.
    Please write your City Council at : council@edmondswa.gov and ask them to Save the Perrinville Woods. It would make a beautiful park. Thank you.

  4. Being unfamiliar with development issues and projects in the Perrinville area, I did brief research. It seems such a City property sale had been previously proposed. The Edmonds Beacon wrote on 3-20-2014 that the City Council on 10-18-2014 rejected the sale of a parcel of urban forest under Mayor Dave Earling and Council president Diane Bukshnis. It seems the current parcel is the same property the City voted against selling then.

    The SnoKing Watershed Council website http://snokingwatershedcouncil.org/protect-edmonds-perrinville-creek/ details the history, topography, geotechnical studies and effects on Perrinville Creek and sale of this parcel to developers. It also stated the City was to receive a $188k grant from Washington DOE to study storm water runoff reduction, and the City’s $200k 2013 budget allocation for a study to “retrofit the watershed”. There is also a reference to a Hearing Examiner decision allowing a wetland to be filled.

    If the property is the same parcel, with a new mayor and council members as well as residents, it is both obvious and imperitive this information must be researched more thoroughly prior to any vote. Some other questions would be:

    What became of the DOE grant money for the study and was it done?
    What did the Edmonds study to “retrofit the watershed” indicate and what is being done?
    How, and why does this proposed land sale contradict previous Edmonds’ decisions?
    Based on history, what is the reason it’s even being considered? What’s changed?

    Dennis Katte, Edmonds resident

  5. I mistakenly listed an incorrect date. The Council meeting referenced was 3-18-2014 not 10-18-2014. All other data is correct.


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