A series of Forums are being held in connection with the League's Water Study. Forums held in 2019 are reported on below. If you want to get caught up on the Where's the Water forums that were held in 2019, click here for a listing of videos of those programs.
The first of the two 2020 Forums was held on March 5, 2020. The second had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Detail about this forum will be posted once it is rescheduled.
March 5, 2020 -- Where's the Water II: What Are the Impacts of Sea Level Rising in Thurston County?
Unique circumstances resulted in the presenters scheduled for the first portion of this public meeting being unable to attend. Candice Penn, Climate Specialist, Squaxin Island Tribe, and Brian McTeague, G.I.S. Manager, Squaxin Island Tribe were able to join by electronic means. They provided commentary on The Squaxin Island Tribe Sea Level Rise Story Map video presentation. They also answered questions from the audience.
The second portion of the evening's program shifted from the sea to a river. That was the Chehalis River and the ongoing concerns about the devastating floods that occur in this river's flood plane.
Andrea McNamara Doyle, Director of the Department of Ecology newly established Office of Chehalis Basin spoke about the the innovative and ambitious approach to water management being considered. She talked about the efforts involved in developing information about Flood Control on the Chehalis River. An aspect of this work is the consideration of building a dam that would be used only at critical times.
The second speaker on this topic was Lee First, Representative for Twin Harbors Waterkeeper. Her organization is clearly opposed to using a dam as a method to control Chehalis River flood events. She spoke of the competition between development and natural habitat, with the idea that greater weight should be given to nature.