Commission To Consider Updating Hydraulic Code Rules

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider approving a major update of the state’s hydraulic code rules and will conduct a public hearing on a proposed Willapa Bay salmon-management plan at a meeting scheduled Nov. 7-8 in Olympia. The commission, a nine-member panel that sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, will convene at 8:30 a.m. both days in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St., on the state Capitol Campus.

An agenda for the meeting is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/.

Designed to protect fish life, the state’s hydraulic code authorizes WDFW to establish rules for construction projects, mineral prospecting and certain other activities conducted in or near state waters. Projects subject to those rules include work on bulkheads, culverts, piers and docks.

At its upcoming meeting, the commission will consider WDFW’s proposal to revise the state’s hydraulic code rules to reflect developments in environmental science, technology and state law since the last comprehensive update in 1994. In August, the commission held a public hearing on the proposed rules as part of an extensive public-review process conducted by the department over the past three years. “Much has changed over the past 20 years in the field of fish and shellfish protection,” said Randi Thurston, manager of WDFW’s habitat protection division. “Our goal is to improve protection for those resources, while also streamlining the application process for those who need permits to conduct work in and around state waters.”

For more information on the proposed rule changes, see WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/hpa/rulemaking/.

WDFW’s work to develop a new policy for managing salmon fisheries in Willapa Bay will also be the subject of a public hearing at the commission’s November meeting. That policy is designed to provide regional guidance on hatchery and harvest reforms to meet conservation and economic objectives for the fishery.

In recent years, the commission has adopted new salmon-management policies for the Grays Harbor and the Columbia River.

WDFW is also holding a series of public meetings on the Willapa Bay policy in Raymond through mid-January. A schedule of meeting dates is posted on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/oct1514c/.

In other business, the commission will:

• Consider proposals by the department to transfer 54 acres of WDFW land in Snohomish County to the Stillaguamish Tribe, and acquire 2,005 acres of riparian and high meadow lands to protect habitat for fish and wildlife in Asotin County.

• Receive briefings on several issues, including grazing policies on WDFW lands, proposed rules for the coastal commercial crab fishery and the state’s Open Meeting Act.

• Discuss the recruitment of a new WDFW director, following an announcement by current director Phil Anderson that he plans to leave the department at the end of the year.

Public hearing on AV property tax, Tumwater

The Tumwater City Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, November 3, 2014, to consider the adoption of Ordinance No. O2014-024; to set the Ad Valorem property tax rate for the 2015 calendar year. The public hearing will be held during the City Council meeting which begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Tumwater City Hall, 555 Israel Road S.W., Tumwater, Washington

The public is invited to attend and to provide comments in favor of or in opposition to the adoption of Ordinance No. O2014-024. For additional information, please contact Acting Finance Director Kristy Wolf at (360) 754-4130.

tumwater city council meetings rescheduled

The next regular Tumwater City Council meeting and Worksession meeting, normally held on the first two Tuesdays in November, have been rescheduled to Mondays.

• Due to the general election on Tuesday, November 4, the regular Tumwater City Council meeting will be held on Monday, November 3, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting location remains the same at Tumwater City Hall, Council Chambers, 555 Israel Rd. SW, Tumwater, WA 98501.

• In honor of the Veteran's Day holiday on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, the Tumwater City Council Worksession meeting will be held instead on Monday, November 10, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. The meeting location remains the same at Tumwater Fire Department Headquarters, Training Room, 311 Israel Rd. SW, Tumwater, WA 98501.

Any questions regarding this date change should be directed to City Administrator John Doan at (360) 754-4120

Nov. 5 Planning Commission Meeting Canceled

The Thurston County Planning Commission has canceled its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, November 5. The next regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 19.

The Thurston County Planning Commission holds regular meetings on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. The regular meetings are held at the County Courthouse complex in Building One, Room 152 at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia. Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please visit www.ThurstonPlanning.org for meeting agendas and packets.

30 October, 2014