Thurston County, in partnership with an Evergreen MPA Student Team, will be hosting on May 23 a panel discussion on water quality, quantity, and the management of storm water in Thurston County.

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The event — which marks the first of multiple panel discussions set to take place at local colleges during 2019 and 2020 — will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at Evergreen State College, Purce Hall, Lecture Hall 1, in Olympia.

The first half of the event will be a panel discussion with John Hutchings, Thurston County Commission chair; Jennifer Walker, Public Works director; Schelli Slaughter, Public Health and Social Services director; and Joshua Cummings, Community Planning and Economic Development director. The second half will be an open discussion where the audience will be invited to ask questions to the directors.

Hutchings also will share with students and other attendees how they can engage with their local government through employment opportunities and volunteer opportunities to sit on one of the 26 advisory boards.