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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, March 28, 2016
Chris Maun, Education and Outreach Specialist, Resource Stewardship Dept. (360) 754-3355 or MaunC@co.thurston.wa.us

Thurston County to Host Free Stormwater Pond Maintenance Workshop
Well-maintained stormwater ponds prevent flooding, reduce erosion and improve water quality.

Olympia-Thurston County's Stormwater Utility, in partnership with the Cities of Olympia and Tumwater, will host a stormwater pond maintenance workshop on Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Tumwater City Hall. The workshop is free to all Thurston County residents and homeowner association (HOA) members.

The workshop includes information on how to clean a pond, lists of contractors and other sources of help, practice filling out annual maintenance reports required by local jurisdictions, and field trips to several area stormwater ponds for practical application.

According to county stormwater utility officials, stormwater ponds are an important tool used to prevent neighborhood flooding, reduce erosion and filter out pollution that can end up in rainwater runoff after a storm. That's because after a heavy rain, runoff picks up dirt from roofs, oil from streets, and bits of dead leaves, animal waste and lawn chemicals. If it drains into a well-maintained pond, the soil works like a filter.

"Many people don't realize that their neighborhood retention pond belongs to their neighborhood," said Chris Maun, an Education and Outreach Specialist with the County. "Just as proper maintenance and regular oil changes increase the life of your vehicle, so too caring for your stormwater pond increases its longevity," he continued. "It also helps keep our groundwater aquifer clean which is pretty important if you live in Thurston County, because that's where we get our drinking water."

County officials say there are more than 1,000 privately owned stormwater ponds in the county that are being maintained by local homeowner associations.

To register for the workshop call 360-867-2095 or email linnca@co.thurston.wa.us. Registration is required. Tumwater City Hall is located at 555 Israel Road SW in Tumwater. Light refreshments provided.

To learn more about the work of Thurston County's Stormwater Utility, go to http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/stormwater/. To subscribe to a Stormwater Utility email list, go to http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/waterresources/index.htm and select "Subscribe" from the bottom left side of the page.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3