PO Box 13324, Olympia, WA 98508 info@thurstonclimateaction.org

Where’s the Water: Storm Water & Toxic Runoff

April 2, 2019 - 5:30 PM
Olympia Community Center
222 Columbia St NW, Olympia

Focusing on Toxic Road Runoff—How Big is the Problem and How Do We Correct It.

Members of the panel will discuss the agencies each represents, the professional role each plays in understanding toxic water pollution, the options available to protect water sources/resources in our community, the solutions available to remedy water polluted by toxins, stop runoff that includes toxic substances and prevent discharge of polluted storm water, and how the public can encourage change that will protect water sources/resources from pollution.

ART STARRY, R.S., Director, Environmental Health Division, Thurston County Public Health and Social Services
JANA RATCLIFF, Program Manager, Stormwater and Watersheds, Washington Department of Transportation
CHRIS MONTAGUE-BREAKWELL, Watershed Resources Unit Supervisor, Water Quality Program, Washington Department of Ecology
CHRIS WILKE, Executive Director, Puget Soundkeeper®

Presented by the League of Women Voters, Thurston County

Sponsored by The Olympian

Members of the League of Women Voters of Thurston County (LWV-TC) have been working on the Thurston County Water Realities Study—Part II, and have been learning about the most urgent factors faced by Thurston County as it encounters increasingly longer and drier summers, shorter wetter rainy periods, and a growing population. Local streams are supporting fewer and fewer salmon. Ground water reservoirs are not being sufficiently recharged.

Given that the quality and quantity of Thurston County water is complicated by factors that include the Hirst Decision and a subsequent law passed by the Legislature in March 2018, the LWV-TC Study Group will host this fourth of five Public Meetings.

HISTORY: Realizing that the need for water and its consumption is constantly changing, members at the Thurston League Annual Meeting in May 2018, adopted a two-year study designed to update the LWV-TC study “Thurston County Water Realities in Relation to Planned Development, 2008.” Embarking on an update of the initial study, we keep in mind the Rowland Howard quote from 1856: “You never miss the water until the well runs dry.”

There are several documents that serve as background for this study:

  • The LWV Thurston County 2008 study may be seen HERE
  • State Senator Karen Fraser’s presentation in November 2017 about “Water Rights and the ‘Hirst Decision'” HERE  
  • Sustainable Thurston: Water Infrastructure White Paper, October 31, 2014 (HERE)
  • Sustainable Thurston: Case Studies of Water Efficiency in Thurston County, November 4, 2014 (HERE)

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