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Water Quality Program

Construction Stormwater General Permit

Construction site operators are required to be covered by a Construction Stormwater General Permit if they are engaged in clearing, grading, and excavating activities that disturb one or more acres and discharge stormwater to surface waters of the state. Smaller sites may also require coverage if they are part of a larger common plan of development that will ultimately disturb one acre or more. Operators of regulated construction sites are required to:

  1. Develop stormwater pollution prevention plans.
  2. Implement sediment, erosion, and pollution prevention control measures.
  3. Obtain coverage under this permit.

Permit Appeal and Proposed Modification

The current permit was appealed and a settlement agreement was reached for a minor permit modification. Read the proposed permit changes and public comment instructions. The public comment period is open December 21, 2016 - February 10, 2017. Comments will only be accepted for modified sections of the permit at this time. Proposed changes are scheduled to go into effect May 5, 2017.

We will host an informational public workshop and a public hearing on the draft permit modification on February 6, 2017. Webinar registration

Permit, Forms and Documents

Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs)

Permit and Reporting Information System (PARIS)

Contact Us - Contact your Permit Administrator for permit assistance or your Regional Office for site specific questions.

High Turbidity Reporting - Construction projects must report high stormwater turbidity results within 24 hours by phone or electronically. If you get a high result, call your Ecology regional office.

Resources and Guidance - DMRs, Stormwater monitoring, manuals, 303(d) list information, CESCL.

Historical Information

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Site Inspection Form

Request for Chemical Treatment Form

Sampling Frequently Asked Questions

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Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan Template

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