The Water Resources Division was awarded a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology under the National Estuary Program Watershed Protection and Restoration Grant Program. The grant will fund a stormwater retrofit study of the Woodard Creek Basin. Woodard Creek was selected as a priority basin for this project to address problems identified through the Henderson Inlet TMDL and to maintain existing water quality and stream ecological function within a basin that is currently considered sensitive and subject to significant future growth.
The consulting team of AHBL Civil Engineers and Northwest Hydraulic Consultants was selected to work with Water Resources staff to identify, characterize, and prioritize stormwater retrofit opportunities and needs on both public and private property. It is anticipated that a list of approximately 15 to 20 potential projects can be developed and those projects will be prioritized to identify 5 projects for which a Pre-Design report will be prepared. Only projects suitable for implementation by Thurston County within existing public right-of-way or property owned or that can be acquired by the County will proceed to the Pre-Design stage.
The highest priority projects will have a pre-design report prepared and will be prioritized and incorporated into the Thurston County Stormwater Utility’s Capital Facilities Plan for construction using existing capital facility funding through the utility and grant funding where available.
What is a stormwater retrofit?
Stormwater retrofits help restore watersheds by providing stormwater treatment in locations where practices previously did not exist or were ineffective. They are typically installed within the stream corridor or upland areas to capture and treat stormwater runoff before it is delivered to receiving waters. Retrofits can remove pollutants, promote more natural hydrology and minimize stream channel erosion.
How will it benefit my community?
Many studies and reports have been developed for the sensitive basin. The focus of this project is to identify projects that will move forward to construction and help correct the problems that have been identified. The goals of this project are to: improve water quality and hydrology; address problems identified through the Henderson Inlet TMDL implementation Report; and maintain and/or improve existing water quality and stream ecological function within this basin."
Products and Presentations
Public Workshop Scheduled: Thurston County water Resources Program held a second community workshop about the Woodard Creek Basin Retrofit Project. Ideas about how to protect and improve water quality and plans to retrofit stormwater infrastructure were shared.
When: Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6-8 PM
Where: Thurston County Public Health Building and Social Services Building
412 Lilly Road NE, Olympia, WA 98506
6:00-6:30 p.m. Open House with Information on Proposed
6:30-7:00 p.m. Presentations
7:00-7:45 p.m. Small Group Discussions
7:45-8:00 p.m. Wrap-Up Discussion
|THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN FUNDED WHOLLY OR IN PART BY THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY UNDER PUGET SOUND ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION AND PROTECTION COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT GRANT PC-00J20101 WITH WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY. THE CONTENTS OF THIS DOCUMENT DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS AND POLICIES OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, NOR DOES MENTION OF TRADE NAMES OR COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS CONSTITUTE ENDORSEMENT OR RECOMMENDATION FOR USE.|
Staff contact: Pat Allen, P.E. (360) 867-2078. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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