Pierce County Planning at Frederickson Meeting Sept. 15

Greetings, The Pierce County Planning Department has agreed to send representatives to our Saturday morning FCCCC meeting. We hope to get updated information on the Industrial Park that is being developed on about 250 acres in our community. The original proposal was for a lumber mill on the Southern portion of the site and an…

But wait! Is it really decided? 208th St.

From Cindy Beckett, Watershed Steward – regarding the 208th Street development There is a great deal of confusion on this issue.  The below letter from Ecology clearly says “Frederickson 40 warehouse project.”  The person I spoke with at the USACE (US Army Corps of Engineers or AC) said it was for warehouses and industrial buildings. …

A mixed-use industrial facility on 208th

[Editor Note: This is a response received from the Department of Ecology about the wetlands and the Sierra Pacific Project between 200th and 208th Street] Thank you for contacting the Department of Ecology regarding the development in the Frederickson/Spanaway area.  I understand your concerns and frustrations, but the information Ecology has given you previously is…

Irreparable Damage – Permits? Really?

[Editor Note: This is the neighborhood I grew up in. My family property at nearby Shady Acres airport has been in the family since 1965.] By Marianne Lincoln Around mid-July, large earth moving equipment started rolling across a former dairy farm along 208th Street East in Spanaway/Frederickson. A considerable portion of this land is Federally listed…

Sierra Pacific – 208th Street – Wetland

[Guest column on the Army Corps “decision” 2014 Sierra Pacific site on 208th St. in Spanaway] Letter To: Dennis Hanberg; Scott Sissons; Bruce Dammeier: I have contacted the USACE (United States Army Corps of Engineers) staff personnel now in charge of this area and am waiting for them to call back.  Meantime, I am proceeding…

Native Plant ID Walk

Native Plant ID Walk with WA Native Plant Society South Sound Chapter, Nisqually Whitewater Reach, near Yelm Date/Time: Saturday, May 26th from 10:00 am to noon Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Description: 1.5 mile round-trip walk Explore the Whitewater Reach of the Nisqually River while learning about native trees, shrubs, and a variety of other understory plant…

Comments on wetland and stream protection due soon!

Hello friends, The Clean Water Act is one of the cornerstones of water protection for the entire country. Now, Trump’s EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is working to undo years of work by removing critical wetlands and streams from the act’s protection. We can’t let this happen. Urge the EPA to keep wetlands and streams under…

Spanaway Lake Watershed

As promised, the draft Spanaway Lake Watershed-scale Stormwater Management Plan is available for review on our website: http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/spanawaywatershedplan     Background:  The Spanaway Lake Watershed-scale Stormwater Management Plan is a requirement of the Washington State Phase I Municipal Stormwater Permit (2013-18).  The Permit requires watershed modeling to predict whether water quality standards for temperature, copper,…

Next Lake Kapowsin Cleanup July 15

Hello All: We had a great work party last Saturday (5/20/17) at Lake Kapowsin boat launch with a total of 19 volunteers.  Thanks to all that helped!!   Fish and Wildlife access managers Derek Hacker and John Evans also came and worked on the parking area green spaces to increase visibility for security. We cleared about 740…

Community leaders stress quality of life to County Executive

On May 26, 4 community leaders from Midland, Frederickson, Waller and Spanaway met with County Executive Bruce Dammeier and Dennis Hanberg, Director of Planning and Land Services (PALS) and Public Works. The message was simple, our quality of life matters, we need roads and other infrastructure if you build out the Centers and Corridors project,…

Environmental Small Grants Program for Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed

–Applications for 2017 Grant Applications Now Available– The City of Lakewood and Pierce County are partnering to provide $25,000 in grants this year to support environmental projects up to $2,500 in the Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed. View the grant announcement, criteria, and downloadable application form online at: https://www.co.pierce.wa.us/1872/Small-Grants-Program Applications are due June 1, 2017. New this…

Nisqually Land Trust Work Party May 24

Join us along the Nisqually River for another fun-filled morning of invasive weed control! Wednesday, May 24th from 9:00am to 12:00pm. This week we will be at our Thurston Ridge protected area pulling Scotch Broom. This is another important step forward in the restoration of this site, and we could use your help! If interested,…