OLYMPIA - Thurston County and the Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) will host a McLane Creek Basin community workshop on Thursday, Oct. 9, giving residents an opportunity to discuss ways to protect and improve water quality.-30-
The workshop is from 6-8PM at the McLane Grange, 931 Delphi Rd. SW, Olympia. The evening will begin with an open house, followed by a formal project presentation and small-group discussions.
The workshop is part of Guiding Growth-Healthy Watersheds: Science to Local Policy, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant-funded project that focuses on select basins draining into Puget Sound, including McLane Creek Basin, Black Lake Basin and Woodard Creek Basin.
The McLane Creek Basin encompasses more than 7,000 acres that drain into McLane Creek and its tributaries, including Beatty Creek, Cedar Flats Creek, Perkins Creek, and Swift Creek. The basin is one of the most ecologically intact basins within Thurston County that discharges to Puget Sound. McLane Creek Basin is home to around 1,300 people, and the population is expected to grow by about 30% by 2035, to around 1,700 people. Though the broader basin is relatively healthy today, future development could exacerbate water quality issues.
The project team's first step was to understand current conditions in each basin by examining development growth patterns and water monitoring data. Next, the team used hydrologic modeling to test how different management actions might affect water quality and flow in the future. Those modeling results were considered along with other studies and community outreach to develop draft options for how the areas could be managed in the future (for example, by changing development regulations and protecting sensitive lands). At this workshop, residents and property owners have a chance to comment on which recommendations to include in a final report for each basin.
The project team will host a Woodard Creek Basin workshop on Oct. 22 and a Black Lake Basin workshop on Oct. 30. To learn more about the project and October workshops, please contact Thurston County Associate Planner Allison Osterberg. Phone: (360) 754-3355, x7011. Email: email@example.com. Project website: www.co.thurston.wa.us/planning/watershed/