It would seem that an appropriate question to the 42% is whether they recreate or work in the watershed.
I answered ‘no” but my property has before I moved here. I am in the flood zone.
*Jim Kramer (Facilitator)
Thanks Talia for letting us know.
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."
Excellent question David.
At what point could I purpose a new non-dam recommendation?
*Jim Kramer (Facilitator)
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.
Thank you Mr. Kramer !
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?
Are any land elevations falling due to ground water pumping?
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?
Is there a GIS layer available that shows all the levees in the basin?
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?
Thanks but best way to mitigate against the damaging impacts of the dam would be to not build it.
how many superfund sites are located within the Chehalis Basin that are vulnerable to flooding?
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.
How do the costs of the dam compare to relocating/elevating at risk structures?
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/
If a dam were built, how would lethally high water temperatures resulting in fish kills be mitigated?
wouldn't still be better to build the airport levee w/o the dam vs. no levee & no dam?
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.
I support Ronald Olson’s retention pond idea.
Will the work the technical advisory group is doing be transparent? Will the public be able to comment directly on their findings and ideas?
I totally agree with Felton Jenkins.
Thank you Felton
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?
Thank you Janet, Lindsey & Tammy.
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.
$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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Thank you to everyone who attended.
When can we expect decisions to be made about the basin?
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.
Quick question if you can - there are 3 public meetings, are they the same as this one or different?
Thanks so much, Andrea, Jim & Ken!
Thank you from Hoquiam. Very informative.
Thank you hosts & everybody
Thank you all!
Thank you all!