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Washington state flood insurance premiums to rise

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — When Joley Spears bought her three-bedroom Aberdeen home just a few blocks from the Chehalis River last year, she was relieved to find something in her price range that was recently remodeled and had a fenced backyard for the kids…. …read more

Plan for 15-minute delays over Chehalis River Bridge

ABERDEEN – Drivers who cross the US 101 Chehalis River Bridge should plan some extra time for their Wednesday morning commute. Washington State Department of Transportation bridge maintenance crews will close the 59-year old bridge repeatedly to repair the bridge’s drive system. The work is scheduled between the hours of 4 a.m. and 8 a.m.…

Flood warnings in parts of Western Washington

SEATTLE (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings Tuesday for Chehalis River near Grand Mound in Thurston County and Porter in Grays Harbor County. Also for the Skookumchuck River near Bucoda in Lewis and Thurston counties, and the Skokomish River near Potlatch in Mason County…. …read more

Grays Harbor wetlands among three awarded federal grant funding for restoration

Lower Naselle River

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Ecology, in partnership with the Chehalis River Basin Land Trust was recently awarded $310,000 to permanently protect 175 acres of high quality coastal surge plain and six miles of sloughs at the head of Grays Harbor, in Grays Harbor County. The department was awarded $2.2 million in grant funding by the U.S.…

WDFW seeks comments on revised draft policy for Grays Harbor fisheries

WDFW Fishing

OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is seeking public comments on a revised draft policy to improve salmon management in Grays Harbor. The revised draft policy includes new provisions recently proposed by the commission to conserve wild salmon runs, clarify catch allocation, and reduce conflicts between sport and commercial fishers in the harbor.…

Homeless woman robbed of sleeping bag in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — Police say a homeless woman was robbed of her sleeping bag under the Chehalis River bridge in Aberdeen…. …read more

Homeless woman robbed at knifepoint in Aberdeen

A homeless woman that was sheltering under the Chehalis River Bridge in Aberdeen was robbed of her sleeping bag and pillow over the weekend. Police Captain John Green tells us they received the report of a verbal argument in the area around 9:30 Saturday. The 44 year old transient woman was found inside an alcove…

Preacher Slough Road near Montesano closed for construction

DNR Preacher Slough

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that Preachers Slough Road near Montesano will close for construction of a river access site for small boats on January 6, 2014. DNR expects the site to be open by January 24, 2014. The construction project is located within the DNR-managed Chehalis River Surge Plain Natural…

Invasive species found in Grays Harbor, Chehalis River Basin

CENTRAL PARK, Wash. – New Zealand mudsnails were recently discovered in the lower Chehalis River approximately 2.0 miles south of Central Park and approximately 2.5 miles east of Cosmopolis. This is the first discovery of New Zealand mudsnails in the Chehalis River Basin.

The invasive species was found at the Washington Department of Natural Resources Blue Slough Access area.
The NZMS were found in mud around a spring at the site. The New Zealand mudsnails were collected during low tide, the site is inundated with water at high tide. The site is tidally influenced and the water is brackish. The extent of introduction is unknown.

Snail map
The collectors also sampled at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife boat ramp, just up steam of the Blue Slough site, adjacent to the SR107 bridge (about RM 13.2). No New Zealand mudsnails were found. The Chehalis River is brackish here as well.

County stalls on vote to vacate two rural roads near Chehalis River

GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY, Wash. – Without Commissioner Herb Welch on the phone, the vote was stalled on vacating two roads in Oakville that provide access to a popular swimming hole on the Chehalis River. It would also ‘land-lock’ property owned by Eric Zome, he told the commissioners during the public hearing yesterday “The tribe already had signs up there telling us to stay off their road, but my property is on the end of their road.” Zome said “People have been using that road for recreation in the summer for the past 12 years that I’ve owned that property.”
The petition was filed by the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis, and would affect portions of Pearson Road and Old Garrard Creek Road.
Mark White, Natural Resources Director for the Chehalis Tribe said that they were working to develop a dual-easement for the single property owner that would be affected by their request. After Commissioner Wes Cormier declined to make a motion, Chair pro-tem Frank Gordon said he’d make the motion himself at their next fully-staffed meeting.

Montesano Mayor thanks Flood Authority for support

MONTESANO, Wash. – Montesano Mayor Ken Estes released a big thank you to members of the Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority this week. He added that the city plans to stay involved until every member has a solution to flooding on the Chehalis River.

The Flood Authority earlier this week voted to shift funding from three other Grays Harbor County projects, in order to fully fund and complete the Mary’s River Lumber project in South Montesano. Estes said in his release that the city also plans to stick around for the duration of the process to create a basin wide approach to reduce flood damage when the Chehalis River swells.

Other communities in Lewis, Thurston and Grays Harbor put the interests of Montesano at the head of the line now. We won’t forget. Our community is committed to stay involved until we have finished all of the needed local projects and found a basin wide solution to catastrophic flooding. – Estes

The following editorial was submitted by Montesano Mayor Ken Estes.

In Montesano we’re used to trying to solve our own problems. But year by year as the Chehalis River has eroded land and moved closer and closer to our wastewater treatment plant and Mary’s River lumber company we realized this problem was bigger than we could handle alone. Locally we worked hard to come up with a workable solution to stop the erosion and protect the infrastructure that supports our community. However, the project is cost is beyond the capacity of the city to fund. The Chehalis Basin Flood Authority supported our request for state funding. Our local legislators and both Governor Gregoire and now Governor Inslee, as well as the Chehalis Tribe, worked hard to see that the entire Chehalis basin funding package was adopted including the Montesano project.

Grays Harbor Oyster Growers Association opposes crude by rail

GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY, Wash. – The Grays Harbor Oyster Growers Association this week announced their opposition to petroleum export projects underway at the Port of Grays Harbor. Mark Ballo, president of the association said “The Grays Harbor Oyster Growers have concerns about these three projects and are shut out of any discussion because of the Mitigated Determination of Non-Significance.”

The following editorial was submitted by Mark Ballo, president of the Grays Harbor Oyster Growers Association.

Recently the Port of Grays Harbor Commissioners passed a resolution allowing crude by rail to be part of the Port’s business plan. Presently, three crude by rail proposals are in the works. The City of Hoquiam and Department of Ecology are jointly responsible for the permitting process to allow this to happen. Hoquiam and the Department of Ecology issued a Mitigated Determination of Non-Significance. What this means is that even though the public had concerns and made them known during the comment period, the city and the state did not honor them, even if valid.

Flood Authority funds Montesano project, “more to do” on three others

MONTESANO, Wash. – The Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority voted yesterday to shift about $4 million from three other projects to fund the Mary’s River Lumber project on the Chehalis River in Montesano.
It will help protect the sawmill, and the city’s wastewater treatment plan across from State Route 107 from eroding riverbanks.
Flood Authority Chairwoman Vickie Raines proposes to move the money because pre-construction work has been done and the project is “shovel ready.”
The move pulls funding from the Satsop, Mill Creek and Wiskhah Road projects for the time being, Raines said this morning that they will move forward on the design and permitting stage for Wishkah and Cosmopolis projects to get them to shovel ready status.