League of Women Voters of Thurston County Water Study
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.
Retired State Senator Karen Fraser provided excellent information, in November 2017 about "Water Rights and the 'Hirst Decision'".
Extension of the Study
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.
Forums as a Source of Information for the Study
During the fall of 2018, the Water Study Committee determined that a holding a number of forums would be a good way to gather information for the study, as well as to inform people about current water issues. The committee devoted considerable time and effort to make the seven-session “Where’s the Water?” public forums a great success. The forums provided current understand of the present status of the Thurston County water supply and water quality. Further details related to the seven forums, as well as videos from each, can be found here.
The next step for the committee will be to consolidate the forum information with data and other materials they have collected. An updated study should be ready by May 2021.