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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)

The PRO-C is a subgroup of the SWG that makes scope, schedule, and budget decisions about SAM projects and oversees our administration of SAM. 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. In 2016 the PRO-C evaluated Ecology on SAM program management found Ecology is meeting expectations. In 2017 PRO-C sent a financial summary to SWG that Ecology met spending goals for the 2013-2018 permit cycle. For the PRO-C charter, agendas, meeting materials, see the SWG website.

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.

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 for microplastics analysis in nearshore sediment samples)
  • Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (for analyzing mussel tissue samples for microplastics)
  • Ecology (donation of 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 for additional 100 pesticide analyses for 75 stream sediments samples)
  • Penn Cove Shellfish (donation of the mussels for the mussel monitoring study in urban nearshore environments)
  • City of Redmond (donation of the project management task on the Paired Basin Watershed study)

Projects costs and expected completion dates

RSMP/SAM
Planned Expenditures by Project/Activity
Updated July 13, 2016
Status and trends in receiving waters Total costs Completion date
Small Puget Lowland Streams $2,342,200 Dec. 2017
Puget Sound nearshore sediment chemistry $360,300 Dec. 2017
Contaminants in marine mussels $539,000; $285,693 Round 1 completed; Round 2 Jun. 2019
Puget Sound bacteria data compilation and summary $38,250 Completed
Effectiveness studies
Catch basin inspection and maintenance $260,305 Nov. 2018
Paired urban watershed restoration $1,298,000 Jun. 2019
Hylebos Creek bioretention retrofit $1,087,434 Dec. 2018
Stormwater source control at small businesses $176,682 Completed
LID bioretention hydrology performance $562,852 Jun. 2018
Bioretention reduction of toxicity to salmon $149,105 Completed
Field test of plants and fungi on bioretention performance $424,920 Dec. 2018
LID Retrofit of Hwy 99 at Echo Lake $469,568 March 2018
Rain Garden and bioretention protocol and survey $175,000 May 2018
PCB reduction by bioretention soil mix $191,255 Nov. 2018
Bioretention 2012+design hydrology performance $526,026 Dec. 2019
Source Identification
IDDE data compilation and analysis $107,255 Completed
SAM Administration
SAM Coordinator and support, total for 5yr permit cycle $530,760 Aug. 2018

When do each year's payments occur?

Based on the permit monitoring option notices received by each permittee, we invoice permittees in May for payments due in August of each year.

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.