Water Study

League of Women Voters-Thurston County Water Study

If you are interested in  hearing a water-related piece of music, provided by Tom Neilson of Music for Social Change, click here.

A series of meetings that were part of the study helped with collection of information in the context educational community meetings.  Videos of these meeting may be found inn the Reports Page of this website.  Click here.  

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.  

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'".  


The first several month of study research focused on determining study priorities.  During this process, the Study Committee became aware of a promise of a set of watershed plans for Thurston County Water Resource Inventory Areas (WRIA).  In response, on November 7, 2018, the LWV-TC Board voted to extend the study timeline. The study is now expected to extend through mid-2021.