Where's the Water: What Are the Impacts of Sea Level Rising in Thurston County? March 5, 2020
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.
Where’s the Water: Streams, Salmon & Orcas
The final community meeting to explore this topic and collect information for the update of the LWVTC Water Study was held on May 7, 2019. Click here to see a Video of this meeting.
Paula Holroyde, Water Study Committee Chair, welcome folks to the Olympia Center and thanks all who have made the Water Study Public Meetings such a success.
NOVA MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS: WATER QUALITY STUDIES
ANN MARIE PEARCE, Education Outreach Specialist, Thurston County Planning Water Division: “HOW CLEAN IS YOUR STREAM?”
GABE MADEL, Fish Biologist, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife: “WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH SALMON IN THURSTON COUNTY?”
KIRSTEN HARMA, Lead Entity Coordinator, Chehalis Basin Partnership, Department of Natural Resources, Chehalis Tribe: “CURRENT STRATEGIES TO ENHANCE SALMON HABITAT RESTORATION”
CINDY HANSON, Education Coordinator, Orca Network, Whidbey Island, Washington: “WHAT ARE WE DOING TO PROTECT OUR ENDANGERED ORCAS?”
To find out more about the Thurston League's involvement in Thurston County water issues, please take a look at our water study page by clicking here.
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.
Where’s the Water: Water for People, Water for Fish – March 5, 2019
Another standing room crowd listened and learned about a range of aspect of Thurston County's water supply.
Speakers George Walter, Environmental Program Supervisor, Nisqually Indian Tribe; Marc Daily, Executive Director, Thurston Regional Planning Council; and Maia Bellon, Director, Department of Ecology talked about history, current circumstances, and prospects for the future.
A video of the evening program is presented here in three parts:
Part 1 is 42 minutes long.
Part 2 is 24 minutes long.
Part 3 is 36 minutes long
And click here for a video: mitigating for permit-exempt wells in the Nisqually watershed
Where’s the Water: Reality Check – February 5, 2019
Yes, it was a standing only crowd for the 1st of five Water Study public meetings. Certainly the excellent front page article in The Olympian, meeting sponsor, was a draw. The presence of other sponsors contributed to the informative evening.
Moderator, former Senator, Karen Fraser set the stage with eye opening information about the portion of water that is actually available it for human use. Listen to her remarks by clicking here.
Her remarks were followed by presentations by two first-rate presenters, Kevin Hansen, County Hydrogeologist, Thurston County Water Resources, and David Troutt, Natural Resources Director for the Nisqually Indian Tribe.
Mr Hanen explained where Thurston County water comes from and the challenges to maintaining adequate supply. He pointed to the promise of a set of watershed plans for Thurston County Water Resource Inventory Areas (WRIA). Find his remarks here.
Mr. Troutt, who was instrumental in the development of the first approved plan, for the Nisqually watershed, spoke ab out the plan. He also talked about the impact of I-5 crossing the Nisqually in terms of economy, salmon recovery, and national security. Here are his remarks.
Where's The Water: Storm Water and Toxic Runoff --- April 2, 2019
This meeting drew a somewhat different crowd, with its focus on storm water, watersheds, and permitting processes. A video recording of this meeting can be viewed HERE.
Here are pictures of the speakers, as well as co-sponsors who were available to give information and answer questions.
Chris Wilke, Executive Director, Puget Soundkeeper, and Art Starry, R.S., Environmental Health Division, Thurston County Public Health and Social Services, listen while waiting to present.
Jana Ratcliff, Program Manager, Stormwater and Watersheds, WA Dept. of Transportation, talks about the need for permitting of new roadways or retrofitting existing pavement.
Abbey Stockwell, Senior Stormwater Planner, WA Dept of speaks on the impact of Municipal Permitting.