Department of Ecology News Release - May 18, 2016

We’re proposing changes to the municipal stormwater permit that covers the state’s biggest cities and counties.
We’re proposing changes to the municipal stormwater permit that covers the state’s biggest cities and counties.

Stormwater permit revisions due for Western Washington
Public may comment on changes for large cities and counties

OLYMPIA – Proposed modifications of the municipal stormwater permit that covers the state’s biggest cities and counties are available for public review.

The Department of Ecology permit requires Washington’s most populated communities to manage polluted stormwater runoff that threatens lakes, rivers and Puget Sound.

Stormwater pollution happens when rainwater falls on rooftops, paved streets, highways and parking lots and picks up pollution from oil, fertilizers, pesticides, soil, trash, animal waste and the air. It then flows downstream, usually untreated, into downstream waters.

Changes, when adopted, would apply to Clark, King, Pierce and Snohomish counties and Seattle and Tacoma.

Changes include:

The proposed modifications, appendices, supporting documents, and additional details on how to submit comments are posted on Ecology’s website.

The public comment period ends on June 30, 2016.

Contacts:

Sandy Howard, Ecology communications, 360-407-6408, @ecologyWA