The Hoquiam City Council voted unanimously on Monday night to enter into an interlocal agreement with the City of Aberdeen to develop a workplan for the local watershed of both cities.
The “TimberWorks: Master Plan” will be completed by Forterra NW to do a comprehensive study of the Wishkah, Hoquiam, and Chehalis Rivers, as well as the Grays Harbor estuary to “develop a framework and action plan” to address flooding issues for the coming years.
Included in the plan will be studies on how to reduce flood risk, enhance fish habitat, increase recreation opportunities, as well as other issues that may be discovered during their study.
Both cities are responsible for equal stake in the plan, as well as costs of $250,000 for the study. Commissioner Vickie Raines spoke at the meeting, saying that the study will be funded using “0.9 Funds” which were raised through sales taxes within the county.
Raines said that originally the plan involved $150,000 from the County, as well as $50,000 each from both the Cities of Hoquiam and Aberdeen. Raines said that when talking to staff, the County will now cover the initial bill.
This project is set to be finalized over the next 9-12 months before issues can be addressed.