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Stormwater permit revisions due for Western Washington

May 19, 2016

Public may comment on changes for large cities and counties

 

{We’re proposing changes to the municipal stormwater permit that covers the state’s biggest cities and counties.}

OLYMPIA – Proposed modifications of the municipal stormwater permit that covers the state’s biggest cities and counties are available for public review.

The Department of Ecology permit requires Washington’s most populated communities to manage polluted stormwater runoff that threatens lakes, rivers and Puget Sound.

Stormwater pollution happens when rainwater falls on rooftops, paved streets, highways and parking lots and picks up pollution from oil, fertilizers, pesticides, soil, trash, animal waste and the air. It then flows downstream, usually untreated, into downstream waters.

Changes, when adopted, would apply to Clark, King, Pierce and Snohomish counties and Seattle and Tacoma.

Changes include:

  • Incorporating stormwater programs for new and redevelopment adopted by Clark, King, Pierce and Snohomish counties and Seattle and Tacoma that will provide equal or greater protection as outlined in the current permit.

  • A new appendix that describes Seattle’s plan to protect the Lower Duwamish River from stormwater pollution.

The proposed modifications, appendices, supporting documents, and additional details on how to submit comments are posted on Ecology’s website.

The public comment period ends on June 30, 2016.

Contact: Sandy Howard, Ecology communications, 360-407-6408, @ecologyWA

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