Please join InvestigateWest, the Washington Policy Center and Sightline Institute for an informative conversation about stormwater, the biggest threat to clean water in the Pacific Northwest. It’s next Wednesday, March 23, from Noon to 1:15 p.m., Conference room B/C, John Cherberg Building, Capitol Campus, Olympia.
According to state officials, stormwater pollution is the top threat to the health of Puget Sound. Over the last several years Washington lawmakers have considered various measures to protect Puget Sound, including proposals to increase taxes or put fees on chemicals, such as oil and grease, to pay for projects to clean up stormwater. But with local and state budgets stretched to the breaking point, what actions can be taken to deal with this problem? What can be done about polluted runoff that will help the environment, but won’t hamper the economy
Now is the time to have this discussion. The Department of Ecology is drafting regulations to require a more widespread use of “green” stormwater solutions and the Puget Sound Partnership (PSP) is receiving public comments on its draft Strategic Science Plan, which will be used by the future Legislatures.
Panel discussion/Q-and-A followed by moderator-led interaction with audience members.
Bring your questions and suggestions!
– William Ruckelshaus, former two-time administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and founding chair of the Puget Sound Partnership Leadership Council
– Josh Baldi, special assistant to the director, Washington Department of Ecology
– Grant Nelson, Association of Washington Business, Government Relations
Panel of questioners:
– Brandon Houskeeper, Policy Analyst, Center for the Environment, Washington Policy Center, www.washingtonpolicy.org
– Robert McClure, Chief Environmental Correspondent, InvestigateWest, www.invw.org
– Lisa Stiffler, Journalism Fellow, Sightline Institute, www.sightline.org
Lunch is on us!
For more information, contact Robert McClure at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-718-0340.