Municipal stormwater permits require local stormwater management program implementation.
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EPA Nonpoint Source Outreach Toolbox
A variety of resources to help educate the public on non-point source pollution and stormwater runoff.
EPA: Getting In Step Training Module
This module offers advice on how local governments, watershed organizations, and others can maximize the effectiveness of public outreach campaigns to reduce non-point source pollution and protect waterways.
The module is based on EPA's free, downloadable outreach guide Getting in Step: A Guide for Conducting Watershed Outreach Campaigns, which includes worksheets in the appendices to help you identify audiences, barriers to behavior change, and evaluation methods.
Edmonton, Alberta has an elementary and junior high school program for different grade levels that is entitled Treat it Right!®. The goal of this program is to teach children how their actions can have an impact on stormwater and wastewater systems and ultimately on the environment. The program integrates language arts, social studies, mathematics, and science.
Children learn about stormwater and wastewater systems through a series of lessons which include readings, activities, games, and take home activities. Check out this 8th Grade Storm Water Teacher's Guide.
For more information, contact Janice Dewar at 780-442-4364.
Evaluating Environmental Education and Outreach Programs
Workshop Materials Developed for the Ecology Coordinated Prevention Grant recipients. This is a helpful tool for designing education and outreach programs with evaluation in mind written by Pamela M.M. Jull, Ph.D. of Applied Research Northwest.
EPA Nonpoint Source Outreach Toolbox Surveys and Evaluations
Evaluation materials from watershed education campaigns across the United States.
This manual provides descriptions and maintenance checklists for 32 common stormwater facilities/components. These checklists are consistent with the maintenance standards specified in Chapter 4 of Volume V of the 2005 Stormwater Management Manual for Western Washington. It also provides guidance on vegetation management and information for private facility owners on developing a maintenance program and working with contractors.
This video shows and discusses their new tool and procedure for cleaning docks over water in this short video.
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Our municipal stormwater permits require all permittees to submit annual reports describing the progress of their permit implementation activities. Annual reports cover the previous calendar year's activities, unless otherwise specified, and must be signed by the responsible official and submitted to us by March 31 each year. Annual reports are not required for the first year of activity under a permit.
You may submit your annual report online by completing our electronic form.
To begin, create your Secure Access Washington (SAW) account, your WQWebPortal account, and associate the two accounts with each other. You will then have access to your annual report form.
Annual reports must be submitted online through the WQWebPortal service. You will need to create a profile if you have not done so already. All annual reports must be submitted by March 31 for the previous year's activities.
See below for links to the four individual tutorials, each addressing different elements of the annual report.
City of Yakima, Yakima County, City of Union Gap, and City of Sunnyside. Members include County Commissioner, City Managers, Mayor, Public Work Directors, and City Councilmen. Ecology attends, but is a non-voting participant.
Contact: David Haws, Yakima County, 509-574-2300
City of East Wenatchee, City of Wenatchee, Chelan County, and Douglas County
Contact: Jessica Shaw, City of Wenatchee, 509-888-3201
Municipalities in the Tri-Cities Area — Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, and West Richland
Contact: City of Richland, 509-574-7508
You may be eligible for a waiver from the permit requirement if your municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4):
If, upon reviewing the permit language, you determine that your MS4 does not require a permit from us, then you do not need to take further action. If you are unsure, you should contact the regional MS4 Permit Manager.
Department of Ecology
Water Quality Program
Municipal Stormwater Permits
P.O. Box 47696
Olympia, WA 98504-7696
Publish a notice at least once a week, for two consecutive weeks, in a single newspaper of general circulation in the county or city in which your district is located.
This draft guidance applies to the Phase I and Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permits. The guidance document lays out features of an alternative program (a Stormwater Control Transfer Program) that Western Washington State municipal stormwater permittees (permittees) can implement to satisfy permit requirements associated with flow control triggered at new and redevelopment sites.
Our current draft (second draft) was released on March 1, 2016. The major revisions reflected in the second draft document include scaling back the program to focus on transfer of flow control requirements and providing a four-step process for setting priorities among watersheds in a given jurisdiction or area. The public comment period ended on April 30, 2016.
We are issuing this second draft guidance in concert with a companion draft guidance — Building Cities in the Rain — being issued by the Department of Commerce. The Building Cities in the Rain guidance describes a four-step watershed prioritization process for stormwater retrofits. See the Building Cities in the Rain webpage for background on the project and draft prioritization guidance. The Building Cities in the Rain guidance was available for comment up until April 30, 2016.
Second draft guidance document (March 1, 2016)
We released an earlier draft guidance on a Stormwater Control Transfer Program for public comment on May 14, 2015. The public comment period ended on July 14, 2015.
This stormwater management approach directs stormwater control efforts to watersheds where addressing flow control is more likely to help maintain or restore designated and existing beneficial uses.
Permittees establishing a Stormwater Control Transfer Program must seek input from natural resource agencies and must obtain our approval of their program (through PH I: S5.C.5.a.i or PH II S5.C.4.a.i of the Western Washington Municipal Stormwater Permits). Stormwater permittees satisfy permit requirements associated with flow control triggered at new and redevelopment sites by implementing their approved program.
This stormwater management approach directs stormwater control efforts to watersheds where addressing flow control is more likely to help maintain or restore designated and existing beneficial uses. Permittees establishing a Stormwater Control Transfer Program must seek input from natural resource agencies and must obtain our approval of their program (through PH I: S5.C.5.a.i or PH II S5.C.4.a.i of the Western Washington Municipal Stormwater Permits).
Our agency approval of a Stormwater Control Transfer Program will be made public and can be appealed.
We do not propose relaxing the requirements, but allowing local governments to use a strategy to shift stormwater improvements triggered by the existing requirements to higher priority watersheds. The anticipated advantage of this type of program is that efforts will focus on priority watersheds at a rate greater than the default site-by-site application of the municipal permits' minimum requirements.