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Sustainable Funding for the Nisqually Watershed Planning

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This is the presentation given by Mark Swartout, Natural Resources Program Manager for Thurston County, at the February 19 Nisqually River Council meeting.

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Sustainable Funding for the Nisqually Watershed Planning

  1. 1. Sustainable Funding for Nisqually Watershed Planning
  2. 2. History of Watershed Planning <ul><li>1998 Legislature approved HB 2514 </li></ul><ul><li>Legislature and Governor wanted local involvement in managing water resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Local interests benefit because they have the greatest stake in protecting their watersheds. </li></ul><ul><li>State benefits when water resources are used wisely. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Watershed Planning <ul><li>Phase 1 – Organize and scope project – Nisqually Indian Tribe is Lead Agency </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 2 – Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 3 – Develop watershed plans </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 4 – Implementation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First 3 year full funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Last 2 years half funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nisqually is currently in the last 2 years ending in June 2011. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Mission <ul><li>“to maximize the ability of the Nisqually Watershed to produce high quality groundwater and surface water, while protecting and managing the related resources to support environmental, social, economic, and cultural values </li></ul>
  5. 5. Accomplishments <ul><li>Level 1 Technical Assessment – Upper and Lower Nisqually River Watershed </li></ul><ul><li>Level 1 Storage Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Instream Flow Assessment – Mashel River </li></ul><ul><li>Water Quality Monitoring Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Nisqually Watershed Management Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Nisqually Watershed Implementation Plan </li></ul>
  6. 6. Funding Options <ul><li>Special Purpose Districts: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Flood Control and Drainage Districts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clean Water Districts – e.g. Nisqually Reach Shellfish Protection District – Thurston County </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aquifer Protection Districts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stormwater Utilities – Pierce and Thurston </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Utility Districts - Thurston </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interlocal Agreements – Use of water related revenues </li></ul>
  7. 7. Yes – Interlocal Cooperation Act Yes – Interlocal Cooperation Act Yes – Interlocal Cooperation Act Fund implementing watershed plans? Approves a Maximum fee No Yes initially - not in subsequent years Voter approval of fees? Voters approve County legislative authority Voters approve Creation Aquifer Protection District Clean Water District Flood Drainage Districts Special Purpose Districts
  8. 8. Planning Organizations in the Nisqually Watershed <ul><li>Nisqually River Council </li></ul><ul><li>Nisqually River Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Nisqually Watershed Planning Unit </li></ul><ul><li>McAllister / Yelm Stewardship Coalition </li></ul><ul><li>Possibly a Mashel / Ohop Coalition </li></ul><ul><li>All 4 (5) organizations are faced with long-term financial sustainability therefore potential for collaboration </li></ul>
  9. 9. Nisqually River Council Nisqually River Foundation Federal State Private sources Nisqually Watershed Planning Unit McAllister / Yelm Subcommittee Current Organization Communication / Administration Funding
  10. 10. Possible Organization Nisqually River Council Nisqually River Foundation Governments Private sources Nisqually Watershed Planning Unit McAllister / Yelm Stewardship Coalition Coalition Members Communication / Administration Funding

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