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Chehalis Basin Strategy Public Workshop - Shared screen with speaker view
Arthur Grunbaum
40:00
It would seem that an appropriate question to the 42% is whether they recreate or work in the watershed.
Talia Goeke
52:53
I answered ‘no” but my property has before I moved here. I am in the flood zone.
*Jim Kramer (Facilitator)
54:31
Thanks Talia for letting us know.
David Ortman
01:01:27
In 1979, the Seattle Corps District released a study showing that the Satsop and Wynoochee subbasins were eroding at a rate 10 times higher, due to poor forestry practices and logging roads, than from the famous Tillamook burn area in Oregon. It is also well known that Willapa Bay is full of sediment from upstream clearcutting. What similar studies have been done in the Chehalis Basin on identifying forest "mispractices."
Felton Jenkins
01:02:12
Excellent question David.
Ronald Olson
01:05:50
At what point could I purpose a new non-dam recommendation?
*Jim Kramer (Facilitator)
01:07:43
Ronald, it is would be best to provide your recommendation during the public comment period. First, we are going to see what questions people have and then we will open it up for public comment.
Ronald Olson
01:08:28
Thank you Mr. Kramer !
Cigdem Capan
01:10:42
what is the status of levees around population centers in the Chehalis basin and is there any expert guidance on where it makes sense to reinforce or extend levees?
Janet Alderton
01:14:00
Are any land elevations falling due to ground water pumping?
David Ortman
01:14:34
The Department of Ecology has a very poor record of environmental protection in Grays Harbor County. Besides allowing pesticide spraying for the oyster industry in the estuary, in the late 1970s and early 1980s it formed a closed estuary task force and supported the Port of Grays Harbor filling in over a square mile of shorebird habitat at the Bowerman Basin (stopped only when Congress established a National Wildlife Refuge for the area in 1988). What coordination has the OCB had with the Grays Harbor Special Management Area plan?
lee first
01:15:59
Is there a GIS layer available that shows all the levees in the basin?
Felton Jenkins
01:18:01
It seems like the board is still strongly pursuing a dam project alternative. This seems inconsistent with the Gov's direction to focus on non-dam alternatives?
Felton Jenkins
01:19:50
Thanks but best way to mitigate against the damaging impacts of the dam would be to not build it.
Cigdem Capan
01:19:58
how many superfund sites are located within the Chehalis Basin that are vulnerable to flooding?
Teri Wright
01:19:58
Mitigating flood damage in the Chehalis Basin is very important and impacts more than just the WA residents living in the basin. How can you improve outreach so more WA residents, both in the basin and not within the basin, can become more involved? Whatever strategy you approve, it has far-reaching outcomes, and these outcomes impact so many, including other species like the Southern Residents.
Janet Alderton
01:20:00
How do the costs of the dam compare to relocating/elevating at risk structures?
Chrissy Bailey
01:20:18
Good evening everyone. Here is a link to the NLD, or National Levee Database, maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers (link to mapping tool is at the bottom of the page). Please note this includes mostly levees associated with Corps programs and does not show or cover every levee in the nation or in the basin: https://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Levee-Safety-Program/National-Levee-Database/
Janet Alderton
01:21:48
If a dam were built, how would lethally high water temperatures resulting in fish kills be mitigated?
Felton Jenkins
01:29:17
wouldn't still be better to build the airport levee w/o the dam vs. no levee & no dam?
Janet Alderton
01:31:51
Impacts of King Tides along the shorelines were mentioned. How would the proposed projects address sea level rise -which is now projected to accelerate faster than earlier estimates.
Janet Alderton
01:35:56
I support Ronald Olson’s retention pond idea.
Lindsey Kaiser
01:41:59
Truth
brian stewart
01:42:56
Will the work the technical advisory group is doing be transparent? Will the public be able to comment directly on their findings and ideas?
Janet Alderton
01:44:40
I totally agree with Felton Jenkins.
Lindsey Kaiser
01:44:42
exactly
Tammy Domike
01:45:00
Thank you Felton
David Ortman
01:45:40
Steve Malloch is supposed to represent environmental interests on the OCB board and Michael Garrity from WA Department of Fish and Wildlife is listed as an ex officio OCB board member. Are either of them on this call, and if not, why not?
Felton Jenkins
01:46:06
Thank you Janet, Lindsey & Tammy.
Julie Balmelli-Powe
01:47:39
As a resident of the basin, who does experience flooding, which has been compounded over the decades from development, especially roads and highways, I support the water retention since no other effective method has been proposed in the last 13 years with very intelligent minds pursuing it.
Felton Jenkins
01:57:16
$628 million (price tag of the dam, as I have read) could change a lot of forest and land mgmt. practices, including buying land and buying conservation easements.
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01:58:56
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Edna Fund
02:00:52
Thank you to everyone who attended.
Janet Alderton
02:00:59
Thank-you, everyone!
Lindsey Kaiser
02:01:00
When can we expect decisions to be made about the basin?
Felton Jenkins
02:01:13
Adding on to the forestry study idea, it would be valuable to know who the large forest landowners are, including DNR and other publicly owned lands. How much do they own, what their mgmt. plans are and how they might be able to help this effort.
Lauren Kuehne
02:01:19
Quick question if you can - there are 3 public meetings, are they the same as this one or different?
Vickie Raines
02:02:14
Thanks so much, Andrea, Jim & Ken!
BENJAMIN WINKELMAN
02:02:46
Thank you from Hoquiam. Very informative.
Felton Jenkins
02:03:05
Thank you hosts & everybody
Megan Tuttle
02:03:11
Thank you all!
Lindsey Kaiser
02:03:13
Thank you!
Lauren Kuehne
02:03:13
Thank you!
Brandon Parsons
02:03:16
Thank you all!