Dog Walker Watch, a crime awareness program founded by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW)
Local Training offered to Dog Walkers to serve as 'extra eyes & ears' for law enforcement.
There are probably hundreds of dog walkers all over the Walla Walla Valley; out all hours of the day and night and in all types of weather, and they know who belongs in their neighborhood.. Through the Dog Walker Watch Program, we hope to convert many of these walkers to be the 'extra eyes and ears' for local law enforcement. Dog walkers can be an extremely valuable resource in helping to make our communities safer.
The Walla Walla Police Department will be conducting one-hour training sessions where citizens will learn how to become more aware and alert while walking their pets. Vicki Ruley Crime Prevention Coordinator and Patrol Officer Nick Johnson will teach participants how to effectively report suspicious activity to 9-1-1 using their cell phones.
The first training session will be held:
Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at 7:00 PM, at the Walla Walla Police Department Fulton Community Room. You must be registered to attend by contacting Vicki Ruley at 524-4409 or . Click here to view the brochure.
For more information, please contact Tim Bennett, Public Information Officer at the Walla Walla Police Department at.
Blue Creek Fire
Post-fire monitoring continues by the Washington Department of Natural Resources. It poses no further threat at this time. There has been one new fire start in the Blue Creek Drainage Basin since the Blue Creek Fire was fully contained. It was extinguished by coordinated response lead by Walla Walla County Fire District No. 4.
Smoke seen in the last few days off to the east of Walla Walla:
On Thursday August 3, 2015, at approximately 1:00 p.m. numerous small fires caused by lightning strikes combined to form the Grizzly Bear Complex Fire. It has predominately burned east and south. At its closest point, the fire was 8-10 miles east of the Mill Creek Watershed. City staff attends USFS meetings receiving informational updates regarding the fire's behavior. The fire is not threatening the watershed at this time, but should it do so the City will make preparations to assure that the City of Walla Walla's citizens have uninterrupted water supply meeting all State Drinking Water Quality Standards.
Daily update information on the Grizzly Bear Complex Fire can be accessed at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4511/
What is the City's plan to provide water should there be fire in the Mill Creek Watershed?
The City's water supply comes from two sources: Mill Creek and groundwater wells. Mill Creek provides approximately 89% of the City's water. When needed, the Mill Creek supply is supplemented with groundwater as creek flows decrease in the summer or when sedimentation loading is high.
If a fire should occur in the Mill Creek Watershed, water from the creek will continue to be used provided it meets State Drinking Water Standards. Should a fire impact water quality in Mill Creek, the City can provide 100% of the city's needs with well water. The deep basalt aquifer from where the water is pumped from has sufficient supplies to meet the City of Walla Walla's demand for 10 years or longer when supplemented by the City's Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) Program. The ASR program stores water in the aquifer with treated Mill Creek water that meets Department of Health's drinking water quality standards.
How will the City's ability to provide water from the Mill Creek Watershed be impacted if it should become unavoidable that fire retardant is used within the Watershed?
If the USFS determines it is necessary that fire retardant be applied within the Mill Creek Watershed, an avoidance zone of 300' on either side of Mill Creek will be maintained. If determined necessary, the city can switch to groundwater as a precautionary measure whenever the use of fire retardant is anticipated. Fire retardant contains nitrogen which spurs algae growth if it enters a water body.
Further information regarding the environmental impacts of fire retardant can be found at: http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/retardant/afr_handbook.pdf
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mori Struve, Public Works Operations Manager at.