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Storm & Surface Water Advisory Board

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Help protect local waters and communities

Expand your influence

Grow your leadership skills

Gain government/executive experience 

​The Stormwater Utility values community partnership.

We work hand-in-hand with our community advisory board to help inform decisions about utility rates, construction projects, stormwater policies, our communications with the public and the work of our staff.

The Thurston County Board of Commissioners is recruiting to fill vacant positions on the Storm and Surface Water Advisory Board (SSWAB). SSWAB members serve for 3-year terms, meet six times per year, and must reside in unincorporated Thurston County. To learn more about the purpose of SSWAB and member duties, we welcome you to review the SSWAB summary (PDF) and explore the information and links below. 

"Because water is such an important and pervasive part of our life in the Pacific Northwest, I decided that serving on the SSWAB would give me a voice in managing Thurston County's water resources. Between the rivers, Puget Sound, and all that rain, we are surrounded by water all the time. It defines a lot of what makes living here so special compared to other areas. As a SSWAB member, if you are willing to spend the time to educate yourself, you can have an important role in assuring that the citizens of Thurston County are getting what they pay for from its stormwater utility." 

- Bob Allison, former SSWAB member

If you are interested in joining SSWAB, fill out an submit an application without delay! Applications are reviewed by current SSWAB members who recommend candidates to the Thurston County Commissioners. 

Meetings are from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm and are open to the public. Due to COVID-19, meetings are being held via video conference. For information on how to join the video conference, contact Ami Peters at (360) 867-2101 or (360) 490-3539. To request disability accommodations, contact Ami Peters at least three days prior to the meeting at (360) 867-2101 or (360) 490-3539. Persons with speech or hearing disabilities may call via Washington Relay: 711 or 800-833-6388. 

Check the below calendar for upcoming meeting dates and join us. 

For a list of members or to learn more, contact Larry Schaffner via email or at 360-754-4106.

SSWAB Members Map

SSWAB Resolution 15450 

SSWAB Meeting Calendar

Current Meeting Agenda and Materials 

Meeting Summaries (additional meeting materials are available upon request)

September 2020 | July 2020 | May 2020  |  April 2020  |  February 2020  |  January 2020

November 2019  |  September 2019  |  July 2019  |  May 2019 March 2019  |  January 2019


Board Briefings

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