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Thurston County, Washington, is located at the southern end of Puget Sound in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Majestic Mount Rainier and the rugged Cascade Mountains are nearby to the east, while the Pacific Coast is just an hour's drive to the west. Home to more than 260,000 residents, Thurston County is 60 miles south of Seattle and 100 miles north of Portland, Oregon.

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Safety First in Construction Zones

Public Works staff remind all walkers, bicyclists and drivers to please stay out of construction zones. Your safety is our #1 priority. Get connected with Public Works Twitter updates on @Thurston_PW
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link arrow L-4 Bridge project page: Bridge closed Aug. 11
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Black Lake Algae Advisory Lifted

Blue-green algae is now gone from Black Lake and the "no swimming" advisory has been lifted. Visit the health dept. web pages for a few easy tips on how to swim safe, fish safe, and have fun in the water this summer.
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Black Lake Advisory

Recycling Volunteers Wanted

Join us this fall and become a Master Recycler Composter. Applications for the classes beginning Sept. 9 are due by Aug. 22.
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link arrow Fall 2014 MRC training details
Recycling Volunteers Wanted

Stormwater Rate Workshop Aug. 27

Join county staff at a workshop on Wed, Aug. 27 to learn about possible changes to stormwater rates. The workshop starts at 6:30 p.m. at Swede Hall in Rochester.
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Stormwater Rate Workshop

Opt Out of Phone Books & Junk Mail

Wouldn't it be great if you could clear out the clutter in and around your mailbox? With just a few clicks of the computer mouse, you too can get green and reduce waste by opting out of receiving phone books and other junk mail.
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Opt Out of Phone Books & Junk Mail

Interactive Thurston County Financial Information

Explore this interactive Web site that is designed to help you understand how Thurston County spends and receives money. Start exploring and learn about your government.
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Thurston County financial information

Prep EXPO Coming Sept. 27

The 2014 Emergency Preparedness EXPO will be held Sat, Sept. 27 at Schmidt Elementary School in Tumwater. Lots of tips and tools to help you weather any storm or emergency.
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link arrow Get connected to TCEM on Twitter: @ThurstonEM
Prep EXPO Coming Sept. 27

Get the Grow Smart, Grow Safe App

The new Grow Smart, Grow Safe app for your smartphone helps you choose lawn and garden products that are safer for people, pets and the environment.
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New Enforcement Code is Under Review

The Board of County Commissioners is considering a new consolidated enforcement code title. The new Title 26 consolidates land use code enforcement regulations from 13 chapters into one.
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Federal Review of Pipeline Expansion

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will soon be issuing a Draft EIS on a natural gas pipeline expansion project that includes a portion in eastern Thurston County. FERC Docket No. CP13-507.
link arrow FERC's Oct. 2013 project update brochure
link arrow Map of Washington Expansion Project CP-13-507
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Recruiting - Civil Service

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is looking to fill a number of positions during 2014.
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