Natural Resources

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On September 15, 2020, several local Leagues of Women Voters and the State League describe their work on environmental and climate change issues. This Caucus was convened by Martin Gibbins, League of Women Voters of WA Issue Chair for climate change.

Click here to see a video of the caucus.
Thanks all!   Marty Gibbins
Climate and Energy Issues Chair
Climate Change, Energy, and Natural Resources
Lobby Team, League of Women Voters of Washington

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There are three LWVTC Postions that are directly related to Natural Resources.

Land Use Planning (PDF)
We believe the concept of planning is a necessary and desirable adjunct of government to provide for orderly development. Regional planning as a necessary part of the total comprehensive planning process to provide for cooperation and coordination among political subdivisions.

Urban Growth Management (PDF)
The aim of the Urban Growth Management Plan should be to concentrate urban development within the planned urban area and to provide high quality basic services at the least cost. The jurisdictions should encourage orderly development which is consistent with adequate and efficient provisions of public facilities and does not burden the community as a whole.

Water Resources (PDF)
Our League believes that concerning water resources, the overriding consideration should be protecting the quantity and quality of the water resource.

Our League Advocates:

  • Enforcement of existing and future water laws supported with adequate funding, reliable data, and public education.
  • Additional state legislation to reduce or eliminate the use of exempt wells. Re-defining water use realistically to reflect the maximum withdrawal limit for private residential use. There should be provisions for recognizing historic use. Local governments should require all wells, including exempt wells, to be metered for compliance with withdrawal limits and to charge for water use with incentives for conservation.
  • Population forecast models should reflect water availability. There should be concurrency of water availability and demand required under the Growth Management Act (GMA) for comprehensive planning and plat approval. Demand analysis should incorporate both consumptive and in-stream uses and consider the effects of climate change. Adequate water availability can be improved by conservation, low-impact development and gray water recharge to aquifers. Boundaries can be defined by Water Resource Inventory Areas (WRIAs).
  • A cost effective management system for the collection of water resources data. There is a need for consistent data with standardized protocols, available in a centralized repository with internet access. Adequate funding for data collection is essential.

 

A range of issues and concerns are being considered by LWVTC members at this time.  Check back often to see what gives.  NOTE:  this page is under development, so be patient.

 

 

Draft statement

Thurston LWV members have been participating in several local environmental issues while collaborating with other like-minded individuals and organizations. 

RAP-during a Comprehensive Plan amendment proposal by Lakeside Industries to remove a prohibition of the manufacture of recycled asphalt, LWV members participated in Stakeholder meetings and provided written and public testimony opposing the proposal due to water quality concerns.  The site is near the Nisqually River, in a floodplain and close to critical aquifers.  There will be a County Planning Commission public hearing October 7th.  

SMP:  League members have participated in the Shoreline Master Plan Stakeholder meetings and made written and public testimony advocating for “no net loss” of shoreline ecological function and to limit and regulate the expansion of industrial aquaculture.  League members have advocated for protecting marine buffers, a ban on spraying of herbicides and pesticides in public waters, phasing out the use of plastic PVC pipes and netting, and regulating hydraulic harvesting (no hcp permits required on fragile beaches).    Insert a picture of geoduck site with pvc pipes?  http://coalitiontoprotectpugetsoundhabitat.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ti46_04805.jpg 

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...in accordance with our LWV Coffee with the League zoom call this morning, I am forwarding info about the PSE proposed sale of Colstrip....here is info from Sierra Club:
  PSE has announced that they will be selling their stake in Colstrip Unit 4 (plus some transmission capacity) to Montana-based NorthWestern Energy, which intends to keep the plant open and running into the 2040s. The sale will net PSE one dollar -- not a typo, just $1! This is a huge problem because:
 
a) The sale will extend the life of the plant, which is the region's largest polluter. This is definitely not what lawmakers intended when they wrote Washington's 100% Clean Electricity legislation and mandated that utilities get off coal power by 2025.
 
b) The sale also might mean it is possible that PSE is setting itself up to build a bunch of new gas plants, in defiance of the intent of 100% Clean. Here's how: Lots of current energy models suggest that geographically diverse sources of wind and solar power can help utilities meet demand at different times of day and year. Since PSE is also selling a lot of transmission lines to NorthWestern Energy, the deal essentially means that PSE is much less likely to buy Montana wind power, which blows the strongest in the winter. This sets PSE up to continue to pretend that gas is the only reliable option for meeting peak winter demand and ram through more gas plants.
 
We will come up with talking points and/or a template for people to comment opposing this sale undermining the intent of the Clean Energy bill.