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.  Brief reports and videos of these meeting may be found inn the Reports Page of this website. 

A complete listing of the video links for the 2019 Where's The Water forum series may be seen by clicking here

An additional public meetings was held on March 5, 2020, and a second was scheduled for March 26, 2020

More information about the March 5 program can be found on our web's Reports on Programs page.  The content of throe focus of the first portion of that program was The Squaxin Island Tribe Sea Level Rise Story Map, which you can see by clicking here.

The second meeting was postponed, due to concerns related to the COVID-19 virus.  When this meeting is rescheduled, you can look forward to hearing from:

Kevin Hansen, Thurston County Water Resources Hydrogeologist

Art Starry, Thurston County Public Health and Social Services, Environmental Health Division Director

Julie Rector, City of Lacey Department of Public Works Water Quality Analyst


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.



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