City of Olympia

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The City of Olympia has municipal jurisdiction over the southern extent of Budd Inlet, including portions of the historical Deschutes Delta and tributaries like Percival Creek Watershed, the lowest reaches of the Deschutes River Watershed, the Mission Creek Watershed, and Indian-Moxlie Creek Watershed. In addition the the City manages the Eastern half of the Green Cove Creek Watershed as well as portions of the Henderson Inlet Ecosystem (specifically the headwaters of Woodard Creek). Additional areas such as Downtown, West Bay, Crestline, East Bay and Ward Lake have only seasonal streams.

The city has two departments involved in natural resources management. The largest is City Public Works, which includes the municipal stormwater utility. City Parks and Recreation is smaller, and manages public lands. There are various special districts which also affect the City of Olympia environment, including the Port of Olympia which has substantial ownership of shorelines and liability for historical contamination, and LOTT which is a waste water utility and treatment system serving Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater


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