Residents of the Nisqually watershed are invited to attend an open house tonight to discuss a proposed septic system and maintenance program designed to protect water quality and public health.
The discussion is scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Thurston County Fairgrounds.
A similar pilot program that started in 2007 for the Henderson watershed will be used as a model for the Nisqually Reach program, according to the county website. Sections of the program include inspection criteria, compliance, funding mechanisms and enforcement.
Water quality has been an issue for both the Henderson and Nisqually Reach watersheds. According to the state Department of Health, shellfish harvesting is prohibited in portions of the Nisqually Reach due to fecal coliform levels . In October 2009, the department lifted harvesting restrictions on 12 acres in the growing area.
The meeting will be in the Expo Center at 3054 Carpenter Road, Lacey.