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Despite city’s spin about Cochrane Park revamp study, Yelm was REQUIRED to finally update reclaimed aquifer recharge system!

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Cochrane Park
Credit: City of Yelm
  • Editor’s note: I have noticed recently that the City of Yelm has advertised in several issues of Thurston Talk with “spin” where they omit key facts from the public. One was the March 29th story about Cochrane Park’s engineering study. “The project is a new requirement under Department of Ecology and is required because the city is seeking to change the way it processes reclaimed water and needs an amendment to its facilities plan,” quoting the NVN.

“Engineering Study Looks to Revamp Cochrane Park”

“Cochrane Memorial Park is set to receive an engineering study to enhance the aesthetics and functionality of the iconic public resource.

“Cochrane Park serves as one Yelm’s most popular parks, offering multiple ponds, waterfalls, and walking paths, making it a beautiful spot for pictures, and weddings. The park also serves an essential public purpose by taking clean water from the reclamation facility, which processes human waste to a level cleaner than California drinking water standards, and recharges the aquifer as part of the City’s water mitigation strategy.”

“Cattails and other invasive species have historically made their way into the park, and water in the fish pond and wetlands frequently backs-up due to clogging of the natural filtration system. A recent study determined the wetlands are not leaking, but need to be reconstructed to restore the original performance of this innovative system,” quoting Thurston Talk. Read more

  • Editor’s note: The city council had been informed previously about this Cochrane Park expense ($250,000) needing to be budgeted. While the city glossed over key facts about this project in their Thurston Talk ad, I acknowledge NVN Editor Megan Hansen for listing the facts accurately.

“New Water Rules Add Unexpected Costs For City”

“The project is a new requirement under Department of Ecology and is required because the city is seeking to change the way it processes reclaimed water and needs an amendment to its facilities plan,” by Megan Hansen, Nisqually Valley News (NVN). Read more

Posted by Steve on April 3, 2019 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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