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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Allison Osterberg, Thurston County Long-Range Planning, (360) 754-3355, X 7011

Black Lake Basin & McLane Creek Basin Water Quality Workshop set for April 9
Community meeting at Black Lake Grange

OLYMPIA - Thurston County and the Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) invite Black Lake Basin and McLane Creek Basin residents to an April 9 workshop to consider how to protect water quality.

The meeting will take place in the Black Lake Grange (6011 Black Lake Blvd., Olympia, Wash. 98512), beginning at 6 p.m. with an open house and interactive information stations hosted by Thurston County, TRPC, and other organizations.

The two basins cover a mix of urban and rural areas, including: western Tumwater and its urban growth area, the Capitol State Forest, and unincorporated Thurston County. Thurston County long-range planning staff will present information about the following project:

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 Black Lake and McLane Creek basins. At this meeting, participants can provide input on management strategies for the basins that will protect water quality and flow 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

Date and Time: Wednesday, April 9, 6-8 p.m.
Location: Black Lake Grange, 6011 Black Lake Blvd., Olympia, Wash. 98512
6:00-6:30 p.m. - Open House with Interactive Information Stations
6:30-7:00 p.m. - Project Presentation
7:00-8:00 p.m. - Table Discussions


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3