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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Allison Osterberg, Thurston County Planning, (360) 754-3355, x7011
Pat Allen, Thurston County Water Resources, (360) 867-2078

Woodard Creek Basin Water Quality Workshop Set For March 12
Community meeting at South Bay Elementary

OLYMPIA -- Thurston County and the Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) invite Woodard Creek Basin residents to a March 12 workshop to consider how to protect and improve water quality.

The meeting will take place in the South Bay Elementary gymnasium (3845 Sleater-Kinney Rd. NE), beginning at 6 p.m. with an open house and interactive information stations hosted by Thurston County, TRPC, City of Olympia, and other organizations. The Woodard Creek Basin stretches from northeast Olympia to Henderson Inlet. Thurston County planning and water resources staff will present information about two projects:

  • Guiding Growth, Healthy Watersheds: Thurston County and TRPC received a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to study policies that protect select watersheds draining to Puget Sound, including the Woodard Creek Basin. At this meeting, participants can provide input on management strategies for the basin that will protect Woodard Creek's flow and water quality in the future. Policies under consideration include changes to zoning and development regulations, transfer or purchase of development rights, long-term protection of sensitive lands, and low-impact development. For more information, visit: www.co.thurston.wa.us/planning/watershed
  • Stormwater Retrofit/Restoration: In a related project, Thurston County is using a state Department of Ecology grant to identify, study, and prioritize potential stormwater retrofit projects in the basin. Retrofits may include improving existing stormwater facilities and building new treatment and runoff control facilities. The top five retrofit projects will proceed with preliminary engineering. For more information, visit: www.co.thurston.wa.us/waterresources/woodard/woodard-home.htm

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 12, 6-8 p.m.
Location: South Bay Elementary, 3845 Sleater-Kinney Rd. NE

6:00-6:30 p.m. - Open House
6:30-7:15 p.m. - Project Presentations
7:15-7:45 p.m. - Small Group Discussions
7:45-8:00 p.m.- Wrap-Up



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3