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Barnes Lake Management District

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Barnes Lake Management District

The Tumwater City Council created the Barnes Lake Management District (BLMD) by ordinance on December 7, 2004, following the approval of a citizen petition of lake property owners to the Tumwater City Council to help improve aquatic conditions around the lake. On August 2, 2005, the Tumwater City Council appointed a steering committee, which serves to advise the Council on planning, project implementation, and the allocation of assessed funds.

The Steering Committee represents the interests of ALL property owners and residents within the BLMD. The selected citizens represent varied interests, are spatially distributed around the lake and all share a common concern for the health of Barnes Lake.

Some of the current issues and opportunities the Steering Committee addresses include management of aquatic plants, noxious weed prevention and eradication and vegetative debris removal; environmental education; and wetland habitat management and preservation.


Please contact your neighborhood representative for most current meeting information and lake updates, or sign up for the City of Tumwater's Barnes Lake District email list.

For immediate assistance, email Dan Smith, Water Resources Program Manager, or call (360) 754-4140.