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Service Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Wind Facility

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment as part of the development of an Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed wind energy project in Lewis and Thurston counties. The Service will hold two open house meetings where members of the public will have an opportunity to learn more and to submit written comments and information. 

News Release and meeting information

Federal Register Notice

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  • Service Seeks Comments on Draft Habitat Conservation Plan for Development in Thurston County

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking public review and comment on a draft Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) describing the potential effects of issuing a proposed Incidental Take Permit for construction of a single family residence on 5 acres in Thurston County, Washington. Species covered in the plan include the Yelm Pocket Gopher (Thomomys mazama yelmensis). 

    Federal Register Notice

    View the draft HCP


The Hyporheic Zone

  • Video Reveals Little Known World of Riverbeds

    Not all that you see when you look at a river is above ground.  There is a hidden world that exists beneath the bottom, in the vast network of interconnected spaces between the pebbles that make up the streambed.  Scientists call this the hyporheic zone.  The hyporheic zone is a place where water flowing in the stream channel percolates down into the streambed, mixes with groundwater, and reemerges to join the surface water somewhere downstream.  The hyporheic zone is important because it helps to cool, filter, and cleanse the stream water, and also because strange, vital things are living there.

    Watch “The Secret Life of Rivers,” a short video introduction to the world of the hyporheic zone. 

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