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Thurston Commissioners concerned about logging effects on Upper Deschutes!

“The Thurston Regional Planning Council received an update on the final Environment Impact Statement for the Capitol Lake-Deschutes Project on Friday, February 3, 2023.” Credit: JOLT Staff photo via Zoom

County Commissioners worry about logging effects on Upper Deschutes

DES requests $17 million budget

From The JOLT News:

Thurston County Commissioner Gary Edwards expressed concerns that a potentially detrimental impact will continue on Capitol Lake-Deschutes Estuary as long as there are logging activities near theupper Deschutes River, which was not included in the Environmental Impact Statement study (EIS).

Sediment effects

Edwards made the statement after the Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) received an update on the final EIS for the Capitol Lake-Deschutes Project on Friday, February 3.

Early in the project process, Edwards said, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) asked the state to analyze bothUpper Deschutes and Lower Deschutes.

He claimed the state does not want to look at the Upper Deschutes as part of the analysis.

Edwards explained that many logging activities came into play, including chemical application and sediment from large logging tracks that are not looked at in the EIS.

“We [have] to consider the activity in the Upper Deschutes. As long as there is going to be logging, it will continue to have a potentially detrimental impact on the lake as we move forward,” the county commissioner said.

Public Utilities District Commissioner Chris Stearns agreed with Edwards as he pointed out that it would pose a problem in the long run.

Read more of this story from JOLT News.

Posted by Steve on February 8, 2023 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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