Your business is responsible for keeping polluted runoff from your property or worksite from damaging local waterways.
Specialists in 21 communities across Washington offer free, hands-on assistance to help businesses find and resolve potential pollution issues. By working with your local Pollution Prevention Specialist, you can stay on top of regulatory changes, protect employee health, and stop polluted runoff at its source.
Pollution Prevention Specialists (also called Local Source Control Specialists) can help you reduce pollution by:
- Reviewing your spill prevention practices.
- Providing best management practices for stormwater management.
- Explaining hazardous waste regulations that apply to your business.
- Locating recycling or disposal resources for hazardous waste.
Establishing a program to address stormwater pollution
In 2007, the Legislature directed Ecology to establish the Local Source Control Partnership, a small business technical assistance program designed to prevent pollution and improve the state’s water quality. Each biennium, we enter into interagency agreements with local governments near critical waterways. Currently, the partnership includes 18 local governments in the Puget Sound region, two on the Columbia River, and one on the Spokane River. Participating jurisdictions assign pollution prevention specialists to provide free, one-on-one technical assistance to small businesses. We offer these services under the title "Pollution Prevention Assistance."
Learn more about the partnership: