GHCOG Latest News
Grays Harbor County FEMA Flood Panels, effective February 2017
The new Grays Harbor County Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM), became effective 2/3/17. Grays Harbor County GIS website is hosting the FIRM maps for Grays Harbor on their website!
You may view and download FIRM in PDF format for locations in Grays Harbor County. See the county web page, link below.
Mayor Dingler elected to Chair of the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Planning Organization
Congratulations to Mayor Crystal Dingler, City of Ocean Shores, for her election as the new Chairman the five-county Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SWRTPO). Officer elections were held during the organization’s January 20th meeting in Centralia.
Grays Harbor County participates in the SWRTPO along with Pacific, Lewis, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties. The Grays Harbor Council of Governments works with our members to create dialogue, provide feedback into the regional planning process, and complete work program requirements for Grays Harbor County.
Regional Transportation Planning Organizations were enabled by the legislature in 1992 to allow counties to voluntarily group together and provide regional transportation planning services through activities supported by state funds. The SWRTPO Board is responsible for developing and adopting the Regional Transportation Plan and a planning work program through which the SWRTPO addresses transportation issues in a coordinated and cooperative manner.
Public Funding Newsletter January 2017
The first installment of 2017 of the quarterly GHCOG Public Funding Notification Alert is now available! GHCOG publishes the newsletter quarterly to assist our members with finding funding for their transportation, infrastructure, recreation, and planning projects.
Programs of Interest
- Drinking Water State Revolving Fund - Pre-construction and Consolidation grants for small water systems due February 28.
- Community Development Block Grant - Public Services (due April 7) & General Purpose (due June 1) Grants.
- Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants - Applications due March 9.
Grays Harbor Demographic Highlights - January 2017 update
The GHCOG Grays Harbor Demographic Highlights brochure has been updated with employment estimates from WA State Employment Security; 1 year and five year median house value and poverty estimates from the US Census Bureau; and population over 65 estimates from Office of Financial Management. See the link below for the brochure, in PDF format.
New! Bicycle Map for Grays Harbor County
GHCOG was able to partner with Grays Harbor Public Health and Social Services by providing technical and advisory assistance for the CONNECT Grays Harbor project. The project identified recreational and cross county bicycle routes and trails. With route and trail data in hand, Grays Harbor Public Health and Social Services formed a partnership with Grays Harbor Tourism to produce the Bicycle Map for Grays Harbor as a new addition to the active living map series.
The Bicycle Map is a comprehensive bike map helping residents and visitors chart their bicycle courses along roads and trails throughout the area. From quiet country roads to adrenalin producing trails, this map provides information about a variety of terrain for cyclists of all types, ages and abilities.
For background information on the CONNECT Grays Harbor project, see the GHCOG Planning and Community Development page - http://www.ghcog.org/planning.html
Look Here! for PDFs of the Guide to Bicycling the Roads & Trails of Grays Harbor County, sponsored by Grays Harbor Tourism.
East Aberdeen Mobility Project – Final Report
Increasing vehicle, freight and rail traffic along US 12 in East Aberdeen is resulting in traffic congestion and delays. In order to document existing conditions and analyze options to ease congestion and improve safety, the Grays Harbor Council of Governments has initiated the East Aberdeen Mobility Project. The final plan will identify the highest and best alternative, specifically designed to address deficiencies and provide a roadmap for moving the project forward.
The final report for the East Aberdeen Mobility Project is posted on the project website at:
New tools let you quickly find U.S. Census Bureau data!
US Census Quick Facts Tool - Fast and easy access to facts about people, business, and geography. A simple way to find US Census data for communities, counties, and states. Browse multiple data sets at one time!
Census Explorer - US Census Bureau's interactive map series. Explore several themed maps from multiple Census data sets and collection years.
Applying for Grants and Loans
The February 18th grant and loan workshop, hosted by Public Works Board and the Grays Harbor Council of Governments, materials are available, see PDF file below.
NOAA Marine Debris Program - Japan Tsunami Debris: Information and FAQs
The March 2011 tsunami that hit Japan washed debris into the Pacific Ocean. While heavier materials sank close to shore, lighter material have been scattered by winds and ocean currents in the North Pacific. Items have already begun landing on the U.S. West Coast. See Japan Tsunami Marine Debris Joint Information Center and NOAA's Japan Tsunami Debris information and FAQs websites for more information and where to report tsunami debris.
Japan Tsunami Marine Debris Joint Information Center: http://disasterdebris.wordpress.com/