Olympia City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Comprehensive Plan Update

The Olympia City Council will hold a public hearing on the City’s Draft Comprehensive Plan Update on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The hearing will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Olympia City Council Chambers, 601 4th Avenue East, Olympia, Washington. The community is invited to attend and share comments with Councilmembers regarding the Draft Comprehensive Plan, available at imagineolympia.com .

Written comments may also be submitted until 5:00 p.m., August 5, 2014. Written comments may be submitted online at imagineolympia.com , or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Comments may be mailed to Imagine Olympia, PO Box 1967, Olympia, WA 98507-1967, or hand-delivered to City Hall, 601 4th Avenue East, Olympia, Washington.

Informational open houses will be held July 9 and 10, also in the Olympia City Council Chambers, with display materials and staff available to answer questions from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. each evening.

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Construction I-5 Both Directions

I-5, Mellen Street to Blakeslee Junction - Stage 2 (mileposts 79.81 to 84.15) Monday, July 7, to Friday, July 11: Daytime and nighttime, intermittent, single-lane closures, with flaggers, in both directions of Mellen Street and Ellsbury Street for drainage work. Nighttime work will be done from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 1 to Wednesday, July 2: Nighttime, Mellen Street southbound on-ramp closure from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. More infor HERE.

State Awards Contract To Address Environmental Concerns

Consultant selected for oil transportation study. Work continues on a study to analyze the impacts of marine and rail oil transportation in Washington state with a contract signed between the Department of Ecology and Environmental Research Consulting (ERC) of New York.

Ecology was tasked with conducting the study in the 2014 Legislative session through a budget proviso and is working in consultation with the Department of Transportation, Utilities and Transportation Commission, Washington Military Department’s Emergency Management Division, the Federal Railroad Administration, and tribal governments.

ERC has been awarded a $250,000 contract to work closely with Ecology’s technical team and diverse statewide stakeholders to produce a complete report that looks at the current and anticipated transportation and safety pictures for marine and rail. The report will also identify any gaps in the oil spill prevention, preparedness and response system.

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State To Set Guidance For Reclaiming Wastewater

Will help supplement declining water supplies now and in the future Every year, millions of gallons of water go down the drain that could be re-used.The state Department of Ecology is developing guidance for local governments so they have an approved, standardized approach to reclaim water.

“Water is our most precious natural resource and is declining in many parts of our state” said Ecology Director Maia Bellon. “If we can be more efficient, it will help us balance competing needs – providing water for people while protecting stream flows for fish."

Reclaimed water is treated by sewer plants to ensure it’s safe for non-drinking uses, such as irrigating crops, flushing toilets or even controlling dust.

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