County Planning Council To Host Water Quality Discussions

Thurston County and the Thurston Regional Planning Council will host a Black Lake Basin community workshop on Thursday, Oct. 30, giving residents an opportunity to discuss ways to protect and improve water quality. The workshop is from 6-8:00 p.m. at the Kenneydell Park Lodge, 6745 SW Fairview Rd., Olympia.

The evening will begin with an open house, followed by a formal project presentation and small-group discussions. The workshop is part of Guiding Growth-Healthy Watersheds: Science to Local Policy, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant-funded project that focuses on select basins draining into Puget Sound: McLane Creek Basin, Black Lake Basin and Woodard Creek Basin.

The project team's first step was to understand the three basins' condition by examining development growth patterns and water monitoring data. Next, the team used hydrologic modeling to test how different management actions might affect water quality and flow in the future.

Incorporating the modeling results, as well as input from other studies and community outreach, the team drafted options for how the areas could be managed in the future (e.g., changing development regulations and protecting sensitive lands). Now, residents and property owners have another chance to comment on recommendations to include in a final plan for each basin.

TRPC News Release - 27 October, 2014


Rock Blasting-Related Closures Finished For The Year On Snoqualmie Pass

Drivers should plan for delays due to 24 hour lane closures next week. HYAK – Drivers traveling across Interstate 90 will be happy to hear rock blasting-related closures on Snoqualmie Pass are finished for the year. However, drivers still need to plan for added travel time next week due to lane closures.

Starting Monday morning, Oct. 27 through Saturday morning, Nov. 1 contractor crews close a lane in each direction on I-90 between mileposts 56 to 61. These lane closures will be in effect 24 hours a day. Drivers may also experience delays due to daytime rolling slowdowns through the same location.

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Thurston County Risk Management Request For Proposal For Third Party Administrator

This is for Workers’ Compensation Administration and Loss Prevention Services. OLYMPIA -- Thurston County Risk Management is seeking qualified Third Party Administrator (TPA) partnership that will deliver objective and measurable reduction of the cost and duration of Workers’ Compensation (WC) claims. The purpose of this Request for Proposal is to provide prospective TPAs with information that will enable them to prepare and submit a proposal for third party administration services for Thurston County’s state funded workers’ compensation program. The RFP is posted at

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