Wastewater Permit Fees Public Hearing Sept. 24

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) invites the public to comment on proposed changes to fees it collects for several categories of wastewater discharge permits. Permits are the state’s primary tool to prevent water pollution. They set limits on how much pollution can be discharged into the environment by businesses, local governments, and other entities. Fees recoup the state’s costs to administer the permits. The proposed fee increase amounts were set by the state Legislature.

Ecology proposes to increase fees only for those permit types that do not cover the state’s administration costs.


Cooper Point Rd & Conger Ave Signal Changes

 On Tuesday, August 27, the traffic signal at Cooper Point Road and Conger Avenue will undergo needed improvements. Upon completion, driver’s traveling south on Cooper Point Road will have a left-turn arrow at Conger Avenue, NW. This will ease congestion at this intersection during the morning school commute.

Work includes the installation of a new signal head; therefore, the signal may be flashing while work is being performed. Drivers are asked to use caution when traveling in the area.


MC PUD3 Replacing Underground Lines

Crews will be replacing underground facilities on Island Shores Road on Harstine Island. The work began on August 20 and is expected to last approximately six weeks. While the work is underway, customers in the area may experience occasional traffic delays and intermitten power outages. Letters have been mailed to those in the affected area. As with any outage, PUD 3 recommends unplugging sensitive appliances and electronic equipment until power has been restored for approximately 20 minutes. Also, especially with electronics, it is important to consider using surge protection.

Travel Tools Available For Labor Day Weekend

Dust off those study skills before school starts and use them to check the Washington State Department of Transportation’s predicted travel volumes on the state’s major travel routes.

To help drivers navigate holiday traffic, WSDOT gathers data to provide the best times to travel on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass, US 2 over Stevens Pass, Interstate 5 through Thurston and Pierce counties and I-5 between Bellingham and the U.S./Canada border.

Real-time travel information is also available, with:

  • online tools that provide traffic camera images, ferry schedules and a map of highway incidents and closures
  • 511 travel information hotline. For out-of-state callers, it’s 1-800-695-ROAD (7623)
  • WSDOT mobile app, email alerts and other tools, such as Twitter and Facebook
  • overhead and roadside electronic signs
  • highway advisory radio stations: 530 AM or 1610 AM

To help ease traffic congestion, WSDOT and its contractors will suspend most state highway construction work at noon Friday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 2.