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Pierce Lakewood Water District Commissioner Pos. 3

6-year term; No Salary A Water District is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the potable drinking and other water facilities within their jurisdiction. The commission sets the general policies of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional staff. The commission sets the rates for service within the district. One of commission's main duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any Water district levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The commission sets policies and approves all spending via the budget, whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for sewer district employees.
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    Gary Barton (NP) Retired Hydrogeologist

  • John S. Korsmo, Jr. (NP)

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Biographical Information

Why did you decide to run for this position?

What are three major issues facing your water district?

Of the three, which one is the most urgent and why?

What unique qualities do you bring to this job?

How do you propose to lessen water usage in your jurisdiction?

Phone (253) 778-2315
Town where you live Lakewood, WA 98498
Experience (300 characters max) 30 years as a Hydrogeologist at the United States Geological Survey managing and writing reports for multi-million dollar projects characterizing the availability, quantity and chemical quality of groundwater. Licensed Hydrogeologist and Geologist in the State of Washington and Pennsylvania.
I retired after 30 years of studying and writing about our nation's water resources at the United States Geological Survey. I decided to focus on local community issues and possibly serving as an elected official. In my research I learned that one of three Water Commissioner positions at the Lakewood Water District was up for re-election for November 2017. Currently all three water commissioners do not have a scientific background in water resources. I believe that my community would best served if at least one Water Commissioner had formal scientific training and experience in water resources.
1) Expansion of the District's service area.

2) Water affordability.

3) Water quality and safety.


-Who is going to pay for it, expansion area residents only or will it include the residents of Lakewood?

-Is there enough water during drought years to increase supply to other communities without causing water shortages in the Lakewood Water District.

MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE: Electing me as your Commissioner brings sorely needed water resources expertise to the Board of Three Commissioners. As I stated above, water supply and water contamination may evolve into complex challenging issues, which requires a Commissioner with water resources expertise to help guide the District in problem solving. I have worked 30 years as a geologist characterizing groundwater resources including public supply wells. I am a certified professional Geologist in WA and PA with many water publications. I will ensure that our water supply continues to be safe, clean and affordable and I will work diligently with our Water Commissioners to manage the District’s budget so your dollars are spent prudently.
Special TV/Radio/Facebook/Twitter announcements on how to reduce water usage.

Add to the Lakewood Water District web page and the quarterly news letter a section on how to conserve water.
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