Water Study


"By century's end, hundreds of millions of people will be retreating from the world's shores as our coasts become inundated and our landscapes transformed."  from The Water Will Come, by Jeff Goodell.


Water Study Next Meeting:

Aug 16, 2018

6:30-8:30 pm

123 4th Ave W, Olympia WA

2nd Floor Meeting Room



Initiation of the Study

At the Thurston League Annual Meeting in May 2018, the membership adopted a two-year study designed to update the Thurston County Water Realities in Relation to Planned Development, 2008. 

There are several documents that serve as background for this study.  As the study progresses, information will be added here -- you will want to check back often.

The LWV Thurston County 2008 study may be seen here.  

State Senator Karen Fraser presented a very informative talk, in November 2017 about "Water Rights and the 'Hirst Decision'".  


Invitation to Participate

The LWVTC voted in May 2018 to revisit and update the LWVTC 2008 Water Study.  Thurston County’s population in 2008 was 245,571.  The population is projected to be 316,500 in 2020, a 29 percent increase.  The 2008 study was considered a first step.  Ten years later we are embarking on step two, keeping in mind the Rowland Howard quote from 1856, You never miss the water until the well runs dry.

The 2008 Water Study urged us to act quickly to preserve water, our precious irreplaceable resource.  The Hirst Decision is a reminder that we need to rally for water.

The water questions and issues are many.  We have several resources from the 2008 study.  There are many resources we need to tap to update information.  Our second task is to work together to ask all the questions, beginning with what needs to be updated.  To accomplish that, we need your involvement.   Smaller issues can then be adopted by interest oriented groups.  If we all take on small issues, we can make a huge difference in our community. 

Please read through the 2008 Study to find the issues of interest to you.  Communicate those interests to the Water Study Project Manager, Paula Holroyde, hapapafarm@gmail.com, or any of the other committee members, Karen Fraser, Karen Verrill, and Betty Tabbett.  Based on the experience of our committee members and the interests of participants, the process will start by setting up small issue groups.  Can we count on you for a little bit, please!