The Insider

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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30
Jun

Legislature Fails to Protect Public Safety

Olympia, WA – The Washington State Legislature released its operating budget, which disappointingly did not address the financial crisis facing communities across Washington. The budget failed to replace the arbitrary 1% cap on property revenue—the major funding source for counties and cities—with a cap actually tied to the factors that drive costs like inflation and the rate of population growth. “We

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21
Jun

WSAC Welcomes Annika!

WSAC would like to introduce a new addition to the Communications team, intern Annika Vaughn! Annika will be interning under Derek Anderson and Paige DeChambeau as a part of the Communications Department of WSAC for the entirety of the summer. Currently a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Washington, Annika is majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in

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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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