We the Governed: Environmentalists Ignore Olympia’s Real Pollution

In a similar vein to the recent post about Portland killing itself, here is an article from Glen Morgan at We the Governed titled Silence of the Enviros – ignoring real pollution in Olympia’s greenspaces, detailing the piles of dangerous garbage filling up Olympia’s parks, trails, and other green spaces.

The City of Olympia in Washington State once was known for an assertive, aggressive, and well-funded environmental movement.  Locals who claimed to care about the environment would fill a Thurston County Commissioner meeting demanding abusive regulations on the rural residents of the county for daring to build a porch on their home, or to build a barn on their property. These attacks were conducted under the theory rural residents would pollute the water and instigate a nebulous global warming apocalypse in the distant future.  However, a strange sound of silence has descended on the once vibrant and noisy movement now that toxic waste garbage piles filled with used syringes, human waste, chemicals, and mountains of trash are filling Olympia’s city parks, trails and greenspaces.  These faux environmentalists are nowhere to be found.

“Leave no Trace” Olympia’s greenspaces have been brightened by addict/homeless decorations everywhere. Olympia’s Gang Green groups choose to ignore places like this (photo 1/15/2019 – next to Percival Creek)

This author has written extensively for years about the many terrible policies and abusive regulatory efforts pushed by local members of Gang Green including the Thurston Environmental Voters, Washington Conservation Voters, League of Women Voters (which does not include Republicans) The Black Hills Audubon Society, the Carnegie Group, and the Friends of Rocky Prairie.  These organizations supported ridiculous $42,000 pocket gopher taxes (see here), aggressive police-state powers to impose large fines on rural residents (see here), and other abusive statist policies.  In many ways, these abusive efforts by this group of activists led to the replacement of all Democratic Party Commissioners in Thurston County in 2014 and 2016 with Independent County Commissioners for the first time in State history (see here).

Click here to read the entire article at We the Governed.

Futurewise Appeals Benton County Comprehensive Plan

From the Tri-City Herald’s article Benton County’s out of water. Growth should be frozen, group says.

Improperly planned growth in Benton County could overtax the Yakima River and other water sources, harming fish, wildlife, waterways and senior water rights holders, an environmental watchdog group says.

Futurewise, formerly 1000 Friends of Washington, is asking the Growth Management Hearings Board for Eastern Washington to review the comprehensive plan Benton County commissioners approved in February, saying it fails to comply with the state’s Growth Management Act on several fronts.

In a petition filed last week, Futurewise claims Benton County didn’t properly analyze the effect 6,800 new people in unincorporated areas over 20 years would have on the county’s limited water resources.

It also says Benton County also failed to analyze the effect of growth on state roadways and work with the state to mitigate them…

The petition triggers a three-person review board, with at least two Eastern Washington residents. A hearing will likely be held in late fall, and the board has 180 days from the April 19 filing date to issue a binding decision…

Continue reading at the Tri-City Herald by clicking here.

From Futurewise’s web site:

….Water resource planning efforts in the lower Yakima River have made clear that water in Benton County is already allocated and flows in the river are too low for salmon and steelhead outmigration and rearing.

This appeal will be the first to address the applicability of the State Legislature’s so-called Hirst fix bill (SB 6091) to planning for growth in the Yakima River basin.  According to the bill, counties in the Yakima basin are mandated to plan for the use of land consistent with available water resources under the Growth Management Act (GMA)…