Laura Berg

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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3
Apr

Funding for Solid Waste Cut

Senate cuts funding for solid waste The Senate capital budget only provides $10 million dollars for Coordinated Prevention Grants (CPG).  This funding has historically been at a little over $28 million for several years and funds household hazardous waste collection.  The funding is distributed on a formula set by a base amount then added to by population numbers.  When funding

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