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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Jane Mountjoy-Venning, Thurston County Environmental Health Division, (360) 867-2643  or venninj@co.thurston.wa.us
Art Starry, Thurston County Environmental Health Division at (360) 867-2587 or StarryA@co.thurston.wa.us

Septic Management Plan Updates Affect Septic Owners Countywide
Public invited to learn about proposed changes and provide input

OLYMPIA - Join Thurston County Public Health at a Septic Plan Workshop to learn about, and give input on, proposed changes to the septic management plan. The proposals were developed unanimously by an advisory committee who met for eight months to learn about local septic management issues and make recommendations that protect Thurston County's public health and drinking water, now and for the future. The committee felt that their recommendations satisfy requirements of state law, meet the needs of Thurston County citizens, are reasonable, meet public health goals, and will result in an equitable and reliable system.

  • What: This public workshop will provide information on proposed changes to Thurston County's septic management plan and accept written comments to share with the Thurston County Board of Health.
  • When: Thursday February 11, 2016 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Griffin School, 6530 33rd Ave. NW Olympia. Take the Steamboat Island Road exit from Highway 101.

The advisory committee reviewed past accomplishments, determined "What Needs Attention" within each program area, and developed strategies and recommendations for the following areas:

  • Electronic Database Systems
  • Septic Systems Operation and Maintenance
  • Special Management Areas: Marine Recovery Areas, Sensitive Areas, Urban Conversion Areas
  • Septic Education
  • Funding Strategy
  • Plan Implementation

The 2014 proposal includes recommendations to improve electronic records and provide services for all septic owners, create new sensitive areas, and replace current fees with a charge to all septic owners via the property tax statement process. The proposed charge would be reduced by 50 percent for those in the senior/disabled tax exemption program.

There are two proposals for how to structure the single charge. One is a flat annual fee of $45 to all septic system owners. The other is a tiered fee ranging from $22 to $66, depending on the location of the septic system and documented water quality problems in the area.

Read the plan at: www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/ehomp. Input can be provided through a survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SepticPlanFeedback. The survey will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 2/18.

For general septic questions, please call the Septic Help Line at (360) 867-2669. For questions or comments about the proposed septic management plan updates, call (360) 867-2643 or email venninj@co.thurston.wa.us.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3