Where’s the Water: Rural Water Challenges & Solutions – March 19, 2019
The third public meeting on aspects of Thurston County's water supply took a rural turn. An enthusiastic crowd met in Yelm to hear speakers talk about issues unique to rural residents of the county.
Mayor JW Foster talked about water resource planning going on in Yelm. This "center of the universe" has been attracting residents for hundred of years, with no signs of slowing down. Accommodation to population increases demands thoughtful planning.
Mary Verner, Department of Ecology Water Resources Division Program Manager, provided the "nuts and bolts of water rights permits." Again, population growth is a pivotal factor in actions being taken by her Division. The importance of Watershed Plans being developed was stressed by Ms. Verner.
The fact that "farms" come in all sizes and varieties, from house plants to mega-farms and ranches, was the opening point of Glen Schorno. He is a Dairyman from Yelm, and his remarks were related to agriculture water needs. One of his major points is that technology is now a key factor in enabling more efficient use of water.
The final speaker of the evening, Nora White, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Thurston Conservation District (TCD), provided a range of voluntary and non-regulatory solutions to water management. Land owners are able to get direct education and technical assistance from TCD through their localized and hands-on approaches.
A video containing each of the presentations can be viewed by checking here.