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Stormwater Action Monitoring - Administering pooled resources

We administer the Stormwater Action Monitoring (SAM) program, and the Stormwater Work Group (SWG) has oversight.

Pooled resources oversight committee (PRO-C)

Next committee meeting: April 2018

The PRO-C is a subgroup of the SWG that advises Ecology on contracting decisions. The PRO-C provides oversight on SAM project's scopes, schedules, and budgets. The PRO-C is comprised of local government representatives (permittees) and other stakeholders (non-permittees such as state or federal government). They have regular meetings to provide transparency and accountability in spending the funds contributed by municipal stormwater permittees in Western Washington.

What is Ecology's role?

As the service provider for SAM, we aim to provide credible and transparent accountability for expenditures of permittee funds to implement SAM with oversight by the PRO-C.  In our role as the SAM service provider, we:

  • Track revenue and expenditures.
  • Report cash flows quarterly.
  • Contract for SAM projects.
  • Maintain transparency via websites.
  • Attend SWG and PRO-C meetings.
  • Run deliverable-based agreements for SAM projects.

Approved deliverables are authorized for payment. All SAM pooled resources from municipal stormwater permittees are held in private/local accounts. Only authorized expenditures can pull from these accounts.

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SAM funding

Who is included in the cost sharing program?

In 2013, permittees notified their permit managers in writing which S8.B and S8.C permit condition option they chose. The vast majority of permittees opted to pool monitoring moneys to launch this new program, SAM. (At the time the program was called RSMP — regional stormwater monitoring program).

Non-permittees also contribute to the program:

  • USGS – $20,000 analyzed nearshore sediment samples for microplastics.
  • Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife – analyzed mussel tissue samples for microplastics and contaminants of emerging concern.
  • Ecology – donates lead staff, meeting expenses, and technical services to ensure SAM's overall success.
  • USGS – $60,000 of co-op funds to conduct enhanced flow data recording using pressure transducers at 15 small streams sites.
  • USGS – $50,000 of co-op funds to conduct comparisons between small stream data and National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) data in the Puget Sound region in 2015.
  • Washington State Department of Agriculture – $53,000 analyzed 75 stream sediments samples for an additional 100 pesticides.
  • Penn Cove Shellfish – donated mussels for both rounds of mussel monitoring study in urban nearshore environments.
  • City of Redmond – donates project management task on the Paired Basin Watershed study.

Projects costs and expected completion dates

SAM Contracted Expenditures by Project - Updated February 2018

Status and trends in receiving waters Total costs Completion date
Small Puget Lowland Streams $2,342,200 March 2018
Puget Sound nearshore sediment chemistry $322,606 Dec. 2017
Contaminants in marine mussels $269,030;
$285,693
Round 1 2017 completed
Round 2 June 2019
Puget Sound bacteria data compilation and summary $17,190 June 2017 completed

 

Effectiveness studies Total costs Completion date
Catch basin inspection and maintenance $260,305 May 2019
Paired urban watershed restoration $1,298,000 July 2019
Hylebos Creek bioretention retrofit $1,087,434 Jan. 2019
Stormwater source control at small businesses $179,336 Sep. 2017 completed
LID bioretention hydrology performance - pre2012 manual $562,852 Dec. 2018
LID bioretention hydrology performance - post2012 manual $526,026 Dec. 2019
Bioretention reduction of toxicity to salmon $149,099 Dec. 2016 completed
Field test of plants and fungi on bioretention performance $424,920 June 2019
LID Retrofit of Hwy 99 at Echo Lake $469,568 March 2018
Rain Garden and bioretention protocol and survey $175,000 March 2019
PCB reduction by bioretention soil mix $191,255 Dec. 2018
Bioretention blend alternatives $388,450 Jan. 2020
Individual tree hydrology    
Longevity of bioretention toxicity prevention    
Oyster shell catch basin effectiveness    
Mulch choices for bioretention    
Hydrologic control options for bioretention    

 

Source Identification Total costs Completion date
IDDE data compilation and analysis $114,078 Sept. 2017 completed
ICID manual update $174,000 Aug. 2020
Small business perspectives on source control    
Regional spill hotline scoping    

 

SAM program administration Total costs Completion date
Total for 2013-2018 permit cycle $530,760 Aug. 2018

When do each year's payments occur?

We invoice permittees in May for payments due in August of each year. Receipts are available for download from PARIS.

Where can you send your payment?

Please send your payment to the address listed on the invoice. If this document is not available, use the information on our make a payment webpage.