Common Enemy Doctrine, Water law

Anyone who lives along a lake, river creek or stream needs to be aware of these laws regarding waterways. Currens v. Sleek,, September 9, 1999, Case No. 66830-2, Washington State Supreme Court determined that liability exists for anyone who causes damage to another’s property by increasing surface water flow onto that other property without exercising…

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…

Warming Shelters 12-28-2021

It’s cold, very cold out there! Please be safe. If you need to get warm, here are some options.This is copied from Pierce County’s link: Pierce County Overnight Shelters Below are the Overnight Shelters open to the general community. Other shelters, such as the Stability Site, are operating but require referrals through other agencies. Only…

Does anyone in charge really understand ground water?

[Editor Note: These are recent letters between our Tacoma Pierce County Health Department Director and a local Watershed manager. GMA = Growth Management Act, SSA= Sole Source Aquifer, UGA=Urban Growth Boundary] Hello Dr Chen Thank you for your response.  Unfortunately, some of the information that has been supplied to you is incorrect as I will…

In Memoriam for the unclaimed

PIERCE COUNTY, WA — You are invited to join Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier and Medical Examiner Karen Kline-Parhamovich, M.D. for a ceremony to lay unclaimed decedents to rest.  What happens when someone dies, and no one claims their body? In Pierce County, the Medical Examiner’s office arranges the cremation of the decedents and provides…

Health information for hot weather

Colling centers in Puyallup Colling Centers around Pierce County including Cross Park – Cooling Center From the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department When the weather heats up, know how to stay safe. When outside temperatures are very high, the danger for heat-related illness rises. Older adults, young children, and people with mental illness and chronic…

Toxic Algae Advisory for Spanaway Lake

On 7/21/2021, the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department issued a toxic algae advisory for Spanaway Lake. This is the link to the toxic algae advisories. What is a toxic algae bloom? Algae bloom occur in fresh water with the right amount of sunlight, temperature and nutrients. These conditions cause rapid growth of algae, which can…

Compassion Clinic is Saturday in Sumner

From Pierce County Councilwoman Amy Cruver: Compassion Clinic – happening June 26 in Sumner. That is this Saturday. If you or someone you know needs no-cost health services, Compassion Clinic is there to serve you. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Faith Covenant Church 1915 Washington Street in Sumner. To make an…

World Blood Donor Day, June 14

Bloodworks Northwest’s slogan is “We all have it in us.” It’s true – we all have the power to save a life with a blood donation. On June 14th, we’ll be celebrating World Blood Donor Day with them to thank our community for its generosity and inspire more people to donate blood because the need…

Community input sought for aging and disability services

PIERCE COUNTY — The Pierce County Human Services Aging and Disability Resources (ADR) division is initiating a survey to gather community input for the two-year update to the 2020-2023 Area Plan. As the designated Area Agency on Aging for Pierce County, ADR must develop and oversee long-term services and supports for older adults and adults…

Spanaway Lakefront owners petition County for special assessment district

By Marianne Lincoln, 5-3-2021 The Friends of Spanaway Lake (FOSL) , a 501(c)(3) non-profit association of lakefront property owners, has drawn up a petition to the County Council to create a special Lake Management District (LMD). This Special taxing area would charge each lake lot owner between $4 to $8 per lakefront foot to help…