Seeking Public Comments On Projects In & Around State Waters

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public comments on proposed updates to state Hydraulic Code rules, which regulate construction and other work in or near state waters to protect fish life. Common projects requiring approval under the state’s hydraulic rules include work on bulkheads, culverts, piers and docks.

WDFW will accept written comments through Aug.15 on the proposed rules, a related draft environmental impact statement, and a small business economic impact statement.

All documents related to this rulemaking activity are available on WDFW’s website, along with an email address for submitting comments. Written comments also can be addressed to Randi Thurston, WDFW Habitat Program, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA  98501-1091.

Lisa Veneroso, who leads WDFW's habitat program, said the changes proposed in the Hydraulic Code rules will provide more protection for fish, streamline the permit process and ensure the code is consistent with other state laws.


Northbound US 101 closes near Olympia for striping

Northbound US 101 drivers near Olympia should plan ahead to avoid a lengthy detour. Weather permitting, at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, crews will close northbound US 101 at the interchange with State Route 8 to install permanent striping.

Motorists will detour around the closure via State Routes 8 and 108. The detour is 26 miles long and adds 30 minutes to drivers’ trips. During the closure, bicyclists will be allowed to use Madrona Beach Road Northwest and Old Highway 410 Southwest.

Northbound 101 will reopen the following morning by 5 a.m.

The closure is related to a paving project to rehabilitate the lanes and ramps along northbound US 101 between Black Lake Boulevard and Steamboat Island.

Before heading out, drivers should plan their trip using Washington State Department of Transportation’s traffic tools.

Use travel alerts to get real-time information about blocking incidents or construction.

Download WSDOT’s mobile app.

Follow @wsdot_Tacoma on Twitter

Call 5-1-1 for traffic updates.

July 18, 2014 WSDOT press release

I-5 ramp closures planned for paving in Tumwater

TUMWATER – Next week, crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin a construction project to rehabilitate sections pavement on Interstate 5 through Thurston and Pierce County.

At 10 p.m. Sunday, July 20, and Monday July 21, crews will close the Tumwater Boulevard on-ramp to northbound I-5 in Tumwater. The on-ramp will reopen by 5 a.m. each following day.

Drivers will also encounter overnight single- and double-lane closures on northbound I-5 from Tumwater Blvd. at milepost 101.2 to Exit 102 at milepost 102.5. Single lane closures will take place Sunday, July 20, night starting at 8 p.m. and at 7 p.m. on other nights. The double lane closures will take place between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday, July 20, through Friday, July 25.

The work is weather-dependent and could be rescheduled.

Advanced information of upcoming construction can be found by checking the Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates report.

WSDOT press release July 18, 2014

Residential & Land Clearing Burn Bans Called

Residents who have yard waste to dispose of should look into clean alternatives to burning. Alternatives such as chipping and composting help keep our air clean and healthful. Those alternatives can also be used all summer, unlike burning.

Because of wildfire and public safety concerns in our wooded counties, seasonal burn bans take effect this month. Prohibitions on residential outdoor burning in Jefferson and Clallam Counties begin July 1 while Thurston County bans burning beginning July 15. These seasonal bans continue through the summer.

All Land Clearing Burns are also prohibited July 11 through Sept. 30 in all six counties within ORCAA’s jurisdicition (Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Mason, Pacific and Thurston). The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) prohibiting burning on lands it manages statewide during that period, and ORCAA’s land clearing burn ban was called in support of that DNR fire-safety effort.

The restrictions on outdoor burning during the summer and early autumn has resulted in a significant drop in brush fires and property damage each of the past couple years, according to fire officials.

To stay up-to-date on the status of burn bans, please register for the ORCAA email news alerts on the ORCAA website ( or simply visit this site regularly for news and information our region’s air quality issues.

For statewide Burn Ban information, visit

July 14, 2014