Submitted by Don Russell, Lakewood.
Three independent Waughop Lake management studies have recommended that the layer of nutrient rich sediment laid down by 65 years of Western State Hospital’s discharge of slaughtered animal waste, manure and human sewage and 40 years of Pierce College’s intermittent discharge of human sewage into Waughop Lake be removed.
Instead of requesting State funding to remove this layer of nutrient rich sediment City of Lakewood Council has opted for a short lived $420,000 environmentally harmful alum treatment of Waughop Lake funded by City and Pierce County property owner Surface Water Management and Flood Control Zone District ratepayers. This, in spite of the fact that Waughop Lake’s seriously impaired water quality is the result of these two state owned institutions’ past waste discharge practices.
Instead of requesting State funding for the cleanup and restoration of Waughop Lake’s beneficial uses the City Council’s 2019-2020 Legislative Agenda priorities are to request State funding for a $2.2 million Fort Steilacoom Park ballfield lighting project, a $6 million restoration of one of Fort Steilacoom’s dilapidated barns, and a multimillion dollar 11-acre expansion of its currently neglected Wards Lake Park.
On Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 6 PM, the City Council will host a legislative roundtable to discuss these State funding request priorities in Council Chambers at Lakewood City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.
I urge all citizens concerned about the City’s and State’s continuing neglect of Fort Steilacoom Park’s Waughop Lake to attend this meeting and express their views about City Council’s State funding priorities.