Final Environmental Impact Statement released

From Pierce County: The draft updates have progressed through public open houses, land use advisory commission meetings and the Planning Commission’s final recommendations to the County Council. Due to COVID-19 and the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, the council’s consideration process has been postponed. Final Environmental Impact Statement released Part of the update process…

Earth Day at 50 years – April 22, 1970

Editor: Marianne Lincoln 50 years ago today in the United States, we held the very first Earth Day. I was 13 years old and in 7th grade at Bethel Junior High. We cleaned up landscaping and planted flowers. We drew pictures of Earth and other planetary art work. We heard the new movement of environmentalists…

Owner Will Maintain? Make sure your sign is up!

Annual county roadside herbicide applications start March 23 Pierce County roadsides will get an annual makeover this spring and summer. An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start March 23 and continue through June. Targeted noxious weeds and brush control applications will occur through the end of November as needed….

Jan. 23 Friends of Spanaway Lake

FOSL – Friends of Spanaway Lake will be holding it’s annual meeting on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at the Rainier Room of Sprinker Recreation Center from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The agenda includes electing several board positions. There will also be an update on decreasing phosphorus and algae in Spanaway Lake.  

Toxic chemicals found on Brookdale site

The development of the Brookdale Golf Course and its associated historical assets has been controversial for many years. The presence of wagon ruts on the property was preserved by the golf course management, as well as the cemetery of its early settlers. Now officially sold to Ichijo USA Co. LTS of Redmond, the golf course…

Jan. 23, 2020 Spanaway Lake Meeting

FOSL – Friends of Spanaway Lake will be holding it’s annual meeting on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at the Rainier Room of Sprinker Recreation Center. Friends of Spanaway Lake consists of people living on and around the lake and other concerned citizens in the area. They are organized as a non-profit charitable tax exempt organization…

Nisqually Community Forest Barbecue and Public Meeting on October 13

NISQUALLY LAND TRUST — The Nisqually Community Forest will host a free barbecue for the public from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, at Wellspring Spa in Ashford. Wellspring is located at 54922 Kernahan Road East, near the main entrance to Mount Rainier National Park and just off State Route 706. The meeting is open…

Important Zoning Updates

PIERCE COUNTY — The Pierce County Planning Commission will consider proposed updates to the Frederickson, Mid-County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland and South Hill community plans at public meetings over the next few months. Community plans provide direction on how growth and development will occur. The plans address topics such as zoning, transportation, the look and feel of the…

Second Annual Lake Kapowsin Day to Celebrate Unique Lake

OLYMPIA – For the second year, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Friends of Lake Kapowsin will host Lake Kapowsin Day to celebrate one of Washington’s most unique bodies of water. The day will feature boats on display and on the water, fishing demonstrations and experts to discuss the geology, native plants…

Hearings Examiner on Brookdale Golf Course

This link is the report from the Pierce County Hearings Examiner on the development at the Brookdale Golf Course. It is a PDF file. Brookdale PDD Hearings Examiner 2 21 2019

Water, ecology and our SSA

Here is a link to one of the more important and challenging things you can read. It is the Department of Ecology information on aquifer recharge and the Growth Management Act. ECY GMA critical recharge The Centers and Corridors area being rezoned for high density development sits on a Sole Source Aquifer (SSA) recharged by…