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September, 2014
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Back-to-School Safety 101:

Hope for the Best…..Prepare for the Worst!

Telephone Alerts Available for Flooding Hazards

The War on Food Waste

Little Red School House Drive a Big Success!

A Herd of Folks at the Thurston County Fair

Making it in the Dry Years

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 Rochester School District Honored for Water Quality Program.

County seeks other districts for participation.

Thurston County Commissioners have recognized the Rochester School District for an effort to protect groundwater and to provide education about the importance of water quality. The district is the first in the county to partner with the Thurston County Stormwater Utility to complete the pilot Stormwater Rate Credit application.

The district was recognized for completion of a comprehensive inspection and maintenance of their stormwater facilities which provide water quality treatment for pollution in runoff from impervious surfaces such as parking lots. Thurston County Commission Chair Cathy Wolfe says this is a win for the school district and the community. "We appreciate the willingness of the district to become involved in this program. This partnership between the district and the county will help with the upkeep of their storm water facilities while at the same time contributing to the protection of groundwater in the area." Rochester Schools Superintendent Kim Frye says the district is grateful to Thurston County for this program and the stormwater rate credit. “When we pay less in fees, it allows us to keep the limited funding we have in our classrooms directly impacting student learning.”

There is also an important education component to the program. The Rochester School District’s inclusion of comprehensive water resources materials, curriculum and activities, helps students learn about the importance of protecting and preserving critical water resources. In recognition of their participation in the watershed education program and the “Chehalis Basin Education Consortium”, and their inspection and maintenance activities, the District earned a 50% rebate of 2011 county stormwater fees. The total amount returned to the district was about $9,000.

The county is actively seeking other school districts to take part in the Stormwater Rate Credit Program.

In the picture, left to right- County Commissioner Karen Valenzuela, Rochester Schools Superintendent Kim Frye, Thurston County Commissioner Cathy Wolfe.

By John Tennis

Commissioners and Superintendent Kim Frye. Commissioners and Superintendent Kim Frye.