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Meetings & Hearings

Morning: Puget Sound Nutrient General Permit Workshop & Hearing

Public Comment Period

July 20, 2021, 9:30 a.m., Online webinar

We invite you to attend a morning workshop and formal hearing for the draft Puget Sound Nutrient General Permit.  Please see the related evening workshop and hearing on July 21, 2021, if it works better for your schedule.

Join us for a webinar with the permit writer who will provide a brief overview on the draft permit and stay for the formal hearing if you would like to provide formal oral testimony.

This National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) water quality permit will help control the discharge of nutrients from domestic wastewater treatment plants, in accordance with the federal Water Pollution Control Act and state Water Pollution Control laws.

Excess nutrients can cause too much plant and algae growth which ultimately depletes dissolved oxygen. Many parts of Puget Sound have oxygen levels that fall below the concentrations needed for marine life to thrive and concentrations that are below the state’s water quality criteria. Ecology must require WWTPs to control nutrients consistent with the U.S. Clean Water Act and Washington’s Water Pollution Control Act. 

You may need this permit if:

You’re a publically owned, domestic wastewater treatment plant discharging directly into Puget Sound’s marine and estuarine waters.

Tips for attending the events

If you can, please register in advance using the registration web links. This helps make sure you have any needed software updates taken care of early so you may participate on time.

Here are some other important tips:

  • We recommend you use the Google Chrome browser when signing in.
  • Plan to join us 10 minutes or so before the event begins, around 9:20 a.m.

There are two opportunities to attend a workshop and hearing, and while we recommend registration, it is not required.

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July 20, 2021, 9:30 a.m.

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Eleanor Ott
General Permit Writer
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Comment period

Puget Sound Nutrient Draft General Permit — Formal Public Comment Period
Closes: Aug. 16, 2021, 11:59 p.m.
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