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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 17, 2014
Allison Osterberg, Thurston County Resource Stewardship Department, (360) 754-3355, x7011

Woodard Creek Basin Community Workshop Set For October 22
Workshop to be held at Thurston County Public Health

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Thurston County and the Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) will host a Woodard Creek Basin community workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 22, giving residents an opportunity to discuss ways to protect and improve water quality.

The workshop is from 6-8PM at the Thurston County Public Health & Social Services building, 412 Lilly Rd. NW, 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: McLane Creek Basin, Black Lake Basin and Woodard Creek Basin.

Woodard Creek is the second-largest stream flowing into Henderson Inlet, a vital shellfish production area. The creek originates in an Olympia wetland surrounded by commercial and industrial development, and then travels north through unincorporated county land until it empties into Woodard Bay. The basin has been impacted by development, with 15 percent of the basin covered by impervious surfaces and just 46 percent remaining tree canopy. Though the basin is relatively healthy today, future development could increase the amount of impervious surfaces and stormwater runoff in the basin, exacerbating water quality issues.

The project team's first step was to understand the three basins' current condition 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 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. E-mail: osterba@co.thurston.wa.us. Project website: www.co.thurston.wa.us/planning/watershed/



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3