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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, November 3, 2014
Chris Maun, Education and Outreach Specialist-Water Resources Division at

Nov. 12 Workshop on Lake St. Clair Water Levels
Public invited to comment on impact of high water levels on properties, environment

Residents of the Lake St. Clair neighborhood and those who use the popular lake for swimming, fishing, boating and other recreational activities are invited to attend a workshop on managing high water levels on Wednesday, November 12. The workshop session starts at 6 p.m. at the Thurston County Fairgrounds.

Staff from the Thurston County Resource Stewardship Department will present the latest information and data about Lake St. Clair and the issue of managing high water levels in the kettle lake. County staffers will also be gathering the public's comments, concerns and suggestions at the meeting. Residents with lakeside property and those who use the lake for recreational activities are encouraged to attend to learn more about the lake's conditions and share ideas and suggestions about how to manage high water levels.

Lake St. Clair is located southeast of Lacey in the Nisqually River Basin approximately four miles west from the main river channel. The lake is considered a kettle lake with no outlet. Over the last two years, high water levels in the lake have threatened some properties, and high-energy wakes from motorized recreational vessels have either damaged or threatened properties, including bulkheads and septic systems. High water levels have also contributed to shoreline erosion, which damages the shoreline aquatic habitat and reduces water quality.

Speed restrictions have been used to limit high-energy wakes and the damage they can cause to properties and to the shoreline aquatic habitat. Recent rainy weather has raised the water level in Lake St. Clair above 69.5 feet, and the speed restrictions were re-posted on October 29.

For more information on Lake St. Clair, including maps, lake data and documents from previous public meetings, please visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/waterresources/lakes/lakes-st-clair.html.

WHAT: Lake St. Clair Workshop – Managing high water levels

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 6–7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Thurston County Fairgrounds Expo Center at 3054 Carpenter Road in Lacey, 98503


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3