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Woodard Creek Basin

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Woodard Creek is the second-largest stream flowing into Henderson Inlet, a vital shellfish production area. The creek originates in a wetland near Fones Road surrounded by commercial and industrial development, and then travels north through unincorporated county land until it empties into Woodard Bay. The broader Woodard Creek Basin has been impacted by development, with greater than 15 percent of the basin covered by impervious surfaces (e.g., roads and parking lots) and a loss of the historic tree canopy. Thurston County ranks the basin’s water quality as “fair,” because Woodard Creek regularly exceeds standards for bacteria and nutrients.

The Woodard Creek Basin includes significant commercial and industrial sites near the Olympia-Lacey border, with mostly residential sites to the north. While the basin is relatively healthy today, future development could increase the amount of impervious surfaces and stormwater runoff, exacerbating water quality issues. The aim of this project is to identify policies that can be put in place now to preserve the health of the basin into the future. Woodard Creek Basin also has been the subject of a study investigating stormwater retrofit opportunities that could improve water quality.

A final report with recommendations was completed in June 2015.

Public Outreach

A survey was sent out to landowners in the summer of 2013 to gather initial feedback. On March 12, 2014, Thurston County and TRPC hosted a public workshop on water resources for Woodard Creek. The following information was presented at that meeting:

The project team used information from a modeling study and community outreach to draft options for how the area could be managed in the future. We presented the following information at a second workshop on October 22, 2014.

This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement (PO -00J12401-0) to Thurston County. The contents of this website 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.


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