Puget Sound Partnership’s Science Panel will meet Oct. 16 in Edmonds

Afternoon science presentations to focus on microplastics, marine fisheries. The Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel will meet Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, Center Conference Room, 410 4th Ave. N., Edmonds.

Following the meeting, there will be two special science panel presentations about microplastics and managing Puget Sound’s marine fisheries at Edmonds Community College, Woodway Hall Room 202, 20000 68th Ave. W., Lynwood.

The Science Panel, which includes some of the top scientists in the state, advises the Partnership’s efforts to develop a science-based comprehensive plan to restore Puget Sound.

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Organics Collection Program in Thurston County

The organics collection programs in Thurston County have gone through several changes over the past few years. This left many residents and businesses confused about what can go in their organics collection bins. To clear things up, Thurston County, the City of Olympia, and LeMay recently adopted the same list of acceptable items. So now, no matter where you live or work, or who picks up your organics, the items you can put in your bin are the same. These items fall into three basic groups:

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Seeking Public Input On Olympia Neighborhood Centers

You Can Help Shape Olympia’s Future Neighborhood Centers. The City of Olympia is laying the groundwork for supporting successful neighborhood centers. These small-scale neighborhood activity hubs offer residents convenient shopping and other services within a half-mile or 20-minute walk from home, contributing to a healthy lifestyle, helping us reduce our carbon footprint, and fostering neighborhood interaction.

What kinds of neighborhood centers do you want in Olympia?  Fill out our short questionnaire on OLYSpeaks at http://olyspeaks.org. This survey will be open until midnight on October 28, 2014.

The Olympia Planning Commission is tentatively scheduled to hold a public hearing on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall about initial exploration of the City’s neighborhood center regulations.

Washington And Oregon Seek Nominations For Columbia River Fishery Advisory Groups

OLYMPIA - Fishery managers in Washington and Oregon are seeking candidates to fill positions on advisory committees that provide guidance on sport and commercial fishing issues on the Columbia and Snake rivers. The two states’ fish and wildlife departments will accept nominations to their joint advisory groups on Columbia River sport and commercial fisheries through Friday, Nov. 14. The two groups meet three to four times per year to develop recommendations for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and smelt fisheries.

Members are also expected to provide comments on issues addressed by the North of Falcon season-setting process for salmon fisheries, Columbia River Compact commercial fishing hearings and joint state hearings on sportfishing policies.

“Advisory group members provide an important voice for the fishing public,” said Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “We’re looking for candidates who can fill that essential role.”

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