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Port Ludlow Drainage District (pldd)

The Port Ludlow Drainage District (PLDD) is a Jefferson County Special Purpose District that is tasked with resolving storm water drainage problems on common property within the North Bay area of Port Ludlow on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. The PLDD mission is to alleviate storm water conveyance problems on community property, such as the Ludlow Maintenance Commission greenbelts. There have been 18 Capital Improvement Projects undertaken and completed by PLDD that have contributed to the improvement of storm water flow within North Bay of Port Ludlow. These improvements have addressed community safety, preservation of property and water quality for the benefit of residents.

Maintenance of these project infrastructures is the ongoing responsibility and has become the main focus of PLDD. The District contracts with a professional maintenance crew which works year-round to ensure that the conveyance facilities are functioning as designed even in the rainiest of conditions.

The district is governed by a three-member board of commissioners which is elected by owner(s) of land located in the District who are qualified voters of the District.

photo courtesy Katie Smith

This phase of the Oak Bay Road Conveyance System Repair Project was completed in 2004, and was functioning well on December 15, 2015, 11.5 years later, during what has been described as 'torrential' rain.

Announcements / News


The Thursday, September 9, 2021 10:00 a.m. Special Meeting of the Port Ludlow Drainage District has been rescheduled to Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting has been delayed to provide two newly appointed Commissioners ample time to meet the qualifications to assume office pursuant to RCW 29.04.13 (posting a bond and oath of office).


Since March of 2020 the PLDD has been Guidelines provided by the office of Governor Inslee which included the suspension of in-person meetings. All regular and special meetings of the District have been telephonic only with no provision for a public speaker phone. The PLDD will continue to operate under Governor’s Emergency Proclamation Covid and Health Protection for Healthy Washington Plan. Until such time as in-person meetings are mandated, PLDD will continue to meet telephonically with no public speaker phone made available by PLDD staff. The call-in number to join the meetings is 1-848-777-1212 with call code 37246.


Port Ludlow Drainage District request for Suspension of Operation was rejected by Jefferson County Commissioners by a vote taken at their July 12, 2021 (@ 1:30 PM) meeting. The recording from this county commissioner meeting can be accessed on the Jefferson County website. No Public Hearing was convened by the County Commissioners as required under WA State RCW 85.38.220.

Resolution 2021-02, passed by the PLDD commissioners in March 2021, can be viewed on the website under Records/Resolutions. Resolution 2021-02 was a result of discussions held at several of the District’s public meetings over the past 2 years. The commissioners wanted to streamline operations to reduce the overhead costs of running the special purpose district while leaving more of the District’s cash reserves for maintenance and engineering consultations. The District is in a maintenance only mode. Suspending a commission (not the District), as allowed by RCW 85.38.220, was seen as a way to alleviate most overhead expenses while still providing the needed on-going maintenance of the existing drainage infrastructure.


Three Port Ludlow Drainage District board positions will be up for election in 2022. The election will be conducted by Jefferson County. The filing period for potential candidates is December 13-17, 2021. Filing is done with the Jefferson County Elections Officer, Quinn Grewell. The election will be held February 8, 2022. To qualify for office, a candidate must own property within the District boundaries and be a registered voter in the State of Washington. The following positions are open for election:

Commissioner #1 for a 4-year term
Commissioner #2 for a 2-year term
Commissioner #3 for a 6-year term

Compensation for attending board meetings is defined in PLDD Resolution 2018-5.
Elected officials must secure a $5,000 Bond.


Engineer Nancy Lockett conducted an inspection of the District’s 4 beach outfalls on April 1, 2021. She was joined by Brian Belmont, LMC General Manager; Deborah Helleson, PLDD Commissioner 3; and Russ Lowry, maintenance contractor for PLDD. This inspection is held every four years and was last conducted in 2017. Engineer Lockett noticed little or no change to the condition of the beach outfalls from the previous inspection. All outfalls are in good condition and functioning as designed. A copy of the report from this inspection can be requested by contacting the commissioners at


Port Ludlow Drainage District Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants interested in being appointed to serve a six year term as Commissioner. Anyone interested in a position on the PLDD Board should send a letter listing personal skill sets that would benefit the purpose and duty of the District to PLDD, PO Box 65621, Port Ludlow, WA 98365 or email to by February 10, 2020.

Candidates must own property within the Port Ludlow Drainage District and be a registered voter in the State of Washington.


Port Ludlow Drainage District 2021 operating budget, Resolution 2020-05, was ratified at Special Meeting #0268, held November 12, 2020. The 2021 assessment was set at $60,000. This is a reduction of $20,000 from the 2020 assessment.


Looking for something else?

Looking for Minutes & Agenda or Resolutions?  Open the Records Menu.

Also, look under About PLDD. You'll find the Assessment System there.

Want to get on the Small Works Roster? Download Application - you can also get an application on the Documents & Forms page.

If you are looking for information on how to make a Public Records Request, you'll also find that on the Documents & Forms page. Resolution & Form.

Founding documents and Comprehensive Plan are under History.

See Projects for information on district activity and for project-specific documents & photos.

Port Ludlow Drainage District
P.O. Box 65261
Port Ludlow WA 98365