Nisqually basin plan ready for public review

Pierce County Water Programs will unveil the draft Nisqually River basin plan for public review and input. Public meetings will be held this month in Eatonville to give interested citizens opportunities to learn about the plan and provide comments.
The meetings will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 18 at Weyerhaeuser Elementary School gymnasium, 6105 365th St. E., and June 19 at Eatonville Community Center, 305 Center St. W. The meetings will include presentations by Water Programs staff and consultant Brown and Caldwell.
The basin plan is a comprehensive guide to surface water management and addresses water quality, flooding, and habitat issues. Its purpose is to ensure that limited financial and staff resources are applied to the best projects and programs in the basin.
“This plan lays out the county’s surface water management program for the Nisqually River Basin for the next several years,” said Harold Smelt, Water Programs manager. “Surface water management fees collected in the Nisqually Basin will be used there to fix flooding, water quality and associated habitat concerns.”