City of Olympia
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
- The parks department volunteer program manages adopt-a-park and park steward programs for self-insured or city-insured work on parks.
- File:Olympia 2018 surface and storm water plan.pdf describes the current strategy for water management.
- Parks collaborates with City Environmental Services, which provides more sophisticated restoration and natural resource planning.
- Both Parks and Environmental Services have tools for loan to support work, and allow any non-motorized tools (even things with big sharp blades.) They prefer that you use their tools.
- The Green Cove Creek Watershed and Mission Creek Watershed have large city owned natural areas managed by parks.
- Olympia Coalition for Ecosystem Preservation is a group advocating for ecosystem management in the City and perhaps surrounding areas.
- Public Works hires a Washington Conservation Corps crew to support work in the City.
- File:Olympia 2019 stormwater management program plan.pdf - describes the cities compliance with the Western Washington Pahse II Municipal Stormwater Permit.
- File:Olympia 2018 surface and storm water plan.pdf - describes the city stormwater utility plan for managing its systems.