Water Quality Standards For Toxics

Two public involvement opportunities are coming up on Oct. 9 and Nov. 6 as the Department of Ecology (Ecology) works through rule making to update the state’s surface water quality standards for toxic substances, including fish consumption rates.

Ecology is using the public meetings to engage and educate people about the complex technical and policy issues to update the human health criteria section of the state’s standards.  The rule making also is looking at advanced regulatory tools that will allow regulated water dischargers to remain in compliance with the updated standards. These public meetings will assist Ecology in developing a draft rule in 2014. Once the draft rule is developed, Ecology will ask for formal public review and input.

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Thurston County Continues Flood Mitigation Work

Annual status report issued for National Flood Insurance Community Rating System.  Thurston County has issued its annual report on the progress toward implementing the 32 Mitigation Initiatives in the county’s 2012 Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The progress report is required as part of the Thurston County’s recertification under the National Flood Insurance Community Rating System. Because the county has completed several flood mitigation and preparedness actions and received a Community Rating System score of four, residents of unincorporated Thurston County can get as much as a 30 percent discount for flood insurance. That’s up from 25 percent for flood insurance rate discounts in 2012.

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Arts Commission Meeting Oct. 10

The Olympia Arts Commission will meet at 6pm on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at City Hall (Room 112), 601 4th Ave E Olympia, WA 98501. The Commission will meet to review items on their Work Plan.

MCFD9 Meeting Oct. 1

Mason County Fire District #9, Board of Fire Commissioners will be holding a Special Meeting on Tuesday, October 01, 2013, 7:00 PM, at their Station 9-1 location at 2320 W Skokomish Valley Rd, Shelton WA 98584. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss plans of their Station 9-2 Sub-Station development at 50 E Roadrunner Rd, Shelton, WA 98584.