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When the invasive spongy moth is in its caterpillar phase, it isn’t a picky eater. That’s part of the reason the bugs are so destructive. “They eat between [300] and 500 different types of plants,” said Karla Salp, a spokesperson for the Washington Department of Agriculture. more
Olympia is continuing its Energize Olympia heat pump program in 2024 with the goal of engaging at least 550 residents by providing education on heat pump technology and installing additional heat … more
Thurston County has introduced "Ready, Set, Go!," evacuation campaign as part of Wildfire Awareness Month. This campaign aims to deliver the evacuation message clearly to the residents to ensure … more
Solid Waste Division Manager Jeff Bickford met with Thurston’s Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) for the state of the Solid Waste System update, yesterday, May 14. Bickford briefed the board … more
Thurston County's Eld Inlet and Henderson Inlet are among fifteen shellfish harvest areas in the state facing potential harvest restrictions due to heightened levels of fecal bacteria in the water. … more
Wildfires are expected to worsen and appear more frequently as the dry and warm conditions are anticipated this spring and summer. The Department of Ecology declared a drought emergency for most … more
Puget Sound Energy (PSE) representatives discussed the company's Wildfire Program and a new initiative, Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), with the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) at a meeting … more
Tumwater is set to receive $257,550 from the Recreation and Conservation Office’s (RCO) Salmon Recovery Funding Board to fund the construction of a larger culvert on Sapp Road as it crosses … more
Lacey has been awarded a Silver designation from SolSmart, a national program that promotes the expansion of clean and affordable solar energy solutions at the local level. SolSmart evaluates … more
An Olympia staffer proposed a method to save the city money on inspecting stormwater catch basins. Senior Stormwater Specialist Kane Osstifin told the Olympia Utilities Advisory Committee (UAC) … more
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently introduced new regulations to reduce emissions from new cars and light trucks. The "Multi-Pollutant Emissions Standards for Model Years … more
Tumwater has selected Haley & Aldrich Inc. to conduct environmental assessment work on the old brewery and the former Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) office on Capitol … more
Nonprofit Standing for Washington has launched a campaign in Olympia and Tumwater to advocate for the rights of the Deschutes Watershed. The non-profit began gathering signatures on Friday, … more
Lacey recently received a SolSmart Silver designation for its efforts to advance solar energy initiatives in the city. According to the city’s press release, Lacey was recognized for … more
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the House Bill 2293, sponsored by Representative J.T. Wilcox, which aims to establish the Avian Salmon Predation Work Group. The workgroup, … more
For 2023, Thurston County’s stormwater facilities delivered 114.15 million gallons of potable water and treated 81.21 million gallons of wastewater, as stated in the agenda document . … more
Intercity Transit’s (IT) board of directors authorized General Manager Emily Bergkamp to purchase five 40-foot hydrogen fuel cell electric buses from New Flyer of America Inc. for $8,950,435 on … more
Tumwater City Council approved the contract of two consultants to develop the climate element and the transportation plan of the 2025 comprehensive plan. The contracts were approved as part of the … more
The Tumwater Historic Preservation Commission unanimously voted on Thursday, April 18, to recommend keeping the Davis-Meeker Oak on the city’s historical register. City staff is currently … more
The Board of County Commissioners approved on Tuesday, April 16, the purchase of a five-acre property for $149,500 so it could use the land for generating mitigation credits. The property, … more
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