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Take Action on Draft Stormwater Management Manual

The WA State Department of Ecology has released a draft 2019 Stormwater Management Manual for Western Washington (SWMMWW).

The LWV-SC Natural Resources/Sustainable Agriculture Committee recommends that the Department of Ecology reconsider the SWMMWW and supports the 17 detailed comments made by Sno-King Watershed Council member Bill Lider.  The League of Women Voters of Washington wrote a letter supporting the Lider comments to the Department of Ecology at the request of our committee. None of the comments was incorporated into the draft SWMMWW.

You can address your comments about the SWMMWW to the three Ecology Department staff listed in the LWVWA letter.

Natural Resources/Sustainable Agriculture Committee

The LWV-SC Natural Resources/Sustainable Agriculture Committee usually meets on the third Friday of the month, from 10 a.m. to noon,  at the Lynnwood Library.  Check the LWV-SC Calendar to verify date, time, and location. Contact Kate Lunceford for more information.

Mission of the Committee

The Natural Resources/Sustainable Agriculture Committee works to:

  • Examine land use within rural and urban sectors to generate awareness of protections needed for natural resources and agriculture.
  • Encourage and enhance the agriculture support networks that tie regions together in local food production and opportunities for local sales.
  • Strengthen food security, with a special focus on educational gardening programs (Currently assisting elementary students and Farmer Frog at school garden).
  • Create educational opportunities for people who want to protect vital resources through the political process.
  • Create educational opportunities for people who want to become part of a local, organic agriculture community.
  • Create educational opportunities for people who want to learn how climate change is likely to affect water resources for fish, forests, agriculture, and rural and urban communities.

Issues

The Committee is currently exploring the following issues with an emphasis on water resources in Snohomish County:

  • What organizations are dealing with water and how we can individually participate in their efforts?
  • What elements within the coming Comprehensive Plan Update affect water, including implementation of the Hirst Decision on exempt wells?
  • How can the LWV-SC support the Growth Management Act at the local level?
  • Should LWV-SC consider a study for consensus on the use of Transfer of Development Rights to protect farmland, forest lands, water resources, climate change mitigation and resiliency, and air quality?