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