The Clean Water Act and your water

The Clean Water Act’s (CWA) goal is to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation’s waters. The term, TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) will appear throughout this article. Other important Congressional Acts are the SDWA (Safe Drinking Water Act) and the Sole Source Aquifer Program (SSA) of the EPA (Environmental…

Dire warnings on our watershed – dialogue

Several members of the Chambers Clover Watershed Council have been exchanging some very concerning emails recently. Based on their experience, credentials, and length of service in the stewardship capacity, these are worth your interest. (Cindy Beckett, Don Russell and Kurt Reidinger) Starting with a reply to Ms. Beckett’s email in the previous article, “Destruction of…

Busy airspace overhead and on the ground at McChord

JBLM — From November 1 to 10, 2021, the 62nd Airlift Wing will be holding a major exercise using airlift and fighter assets, joint partners and special operations forces. This event will help determine Team McChord’s ability to deploy, respond and sustain forces in combat and emergency situations. Locally, we will see more air traffic,…

What the 2020 Census reveals about Pierce County

The 2020 Census was released late this decade, somewhat caused by squabbles about how it would be conducted and somewhat caused by working through the pandemic. Where the population numbers land impacts representation, number of Congressional Districts, and how the new lines are drawn to balance the population in legislative and county districts. The population…

Night time air traffic for military exercise June 22 to July 1

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Rangers from 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will conduct a military exercise June 22-July 1 at JBLM and Satsop Nuclear Power Plant in Elma, Washington.  The Ranger battalion will use training ammunition and other training devises to make the exercise as real as possible. There…

62nd Airlift Wing to Salute American Heroes with Flyover, May 8

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – The 62nd Airlift Wing will salute the American heroes at the forefront in the fight against COVID-19 during an Air Force Salutes morale flyover throughout Washington State’s Puget Sound region, May 8. “The 62nd AW salutes each American serving on the frontlines in combat against the COVID-19 pandemic,” said U.S….

How to be a local delegate to select a Presidential candidate

How do you actually choose a Presidential candidate? Aside from the fact that the two main political may change some of the process due to the virus restrictions currently in place, there is a process for each party to select their candidate for the general election for President of the United States. If you are…

2020 Census begins March 12

By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding: Online. By phone. By mail. March 12-20, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census. If you live in the following locations,…

Emergency unemployment for Federal Workers

OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee and Commissioner Suzi LeVine announced an emergency rule January 24, allowing federal workers working without pay to receive unemployment benefits. Workers can learn how to apply here: https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment-benefits-related-to-partial-federal-shutdown#NEW The Employment Security Department has posted data about the estimated number of workers impacted by county, including estimates of lost wages by…

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…