WA Commission Adopts Updated Rules For Construction Projects Near Water

 OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has adopted a comprehensive update to the state’s Hydraulic Code rules, which regulate construction projects and other work in or near state waters to protect fish life.

The commission, a citizen panel that sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), approved dozens of changes in the statewide rules during a public meeting Nov. 7-8 in Olympia. The revised rules were developed by WDFW over the past three years with extensive public review.

Common projects requiring approval under the state’s hydraulic rules include work on bulkheads, culverts, piers and docks.

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Got a Wood Stove in Thurston County? Get a Heat Pump, or clean-burning natural gas appliance!

The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) has received a small extension of funding to help residents of Thurston County cities and UGAs replace their old wood stoves and fireplace inserts with new, clean, efficient heat pumps and natural gas heating appliances. The funds are available first-come, first-served and the program will end as soon as the funds are expended.  

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I-90 East Of Snoqualmie Pass To Close Saturday And Sunday Mornings For Tree Removal

Drivers should plan for an hour of added travel time
HYAK – Drivers traveling across Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass this weekend need to plan for an hour of added travel time due to closures for tree removal.

Weather permitting, the Washington State Department of Transportation will close I-90 at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15 and Sunday, Nov. 16 for about an hour to remove trees near the Cabin Creek area. Eastbound traffic will be stopped at milepost 56 near Hyak and westbound traffic will be stopped at milepost 70 near Easton.  
WSDOT provides a variety of tools to help plan your trip over Snoqualmie Pass:

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Two Winters Without Snowshed Means Longer Wait Times For Drivers On I-90 Snoqualmie Pass

HYAK – For the next two winters, drivers traveling over Snoqualmie Pass will experience longer wait times during closures for avalanche control work as contractor crews continue work to widen Interstate 90.

Last spring, the Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews removed the 64-year-old snowshed on I- 90 to start construction on two new avalanche bridges. Without a snowshed, clearing snow from I-90 after avalanche control will take longer.

But, the traffic pains are temporary. By winter 2016, both directions of traffic will be traveling on the first of two new bridges. A second bridge will open to traffic in 2018. Until then, drivers are encouraged to plan for additional delays over the next two winters.

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