Laura Berg

27
Jul

Abandoned RVs Possible Unfunded Mandate

Abandoned recreational vehicles (RV’s) are an increasing problem throughout Washington State. It is a violation of state law to abandon a junk vehicle on any property.  Past practice is for registered tow truck drivers to collect the abandoned vehicle and either collect a fee from the owner when contacted or dismantle and sell for reimbursement.  The Department of Licensing, the

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24
Jul

Columbia County Suspends Waste Collection

The Columbia County Public Works Department announces that the County’s recycling and yard waste collection programs are suspended due to a lack of funding. On Thursday, July 20th, the Legislature ended its third special session without adopting a Capital Budget.  Within the $4 billion dollar capital budget was $10 million dollars to support the statewide recycling, household hazardous waste collection,

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20
Jul

Negotiations On Hirst Breakdown

Counties are not the water authority in Washington State and if required to determine connectivity and impairment for such small scale impacts as permit-exempt wells, it could take decades to develop the resources and expertise to manage water use in each county and the state will end up with 39 different “water codes” across the state. (Hirst Decision) As you

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20
Jun

HB 2226 Does Not Fix Hirst

Court cases (Hirst, Foster) have left counties with a deep shift of responsibility for water use decisions.  Counties are not the water authority in Washington State and if required to determine connectivity and impairment in such diminimus uses as permit-exempt wells, it could take decades to develop the resources and expertise to manage water use in each county and the

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