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Municipal Stormwater

2018 Western Washington Municipal Stormwater Permit Reissuance

The Western Washington Phase I and Phase II permits expire on July 31, 2018. We are starting to identify issues and necessary improvements for the Western Washington municipal stormwater general permits.

In October 2016, stakeholders provided early input to identify areas of the permits that need clarification or improvement. We intend to build and expand on these early thoughts by hosting three public meetings. Each meeting will be 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Meeting agenda

February 23, 2017

Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th Street S.W.
Lynnwood, WA

March 2, 2017

Lacey Community Center
6729 Pacific Ave SE
Lacey, WA
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Register to attend via webinar

March 14, 2017

Clark College
1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA

Early input

While the early input is informal and responses won't be prepared, we are reviewing input closely and greatly appreciate the time and energy involved in providing it. These early efforts demonstrate a shared commitment to protect and restore Washington's waters. Below is the informal early input received on permit reissuance:

Next steps and reissuance timeline

We anticipate releasing a formal draft permit for comment near the end of 2017.

2018 Municipal Stormwater Permit Reissuance timeline: Pre-draft Input due 9/30/2016; January 2017 Tentative Ecology releases preliminary draft permit language; Tentative Informal Comment Period Early 2017; End of 2017 Ecology releases Formal Draft Permits; Formal Comment Period Early 2018; Summer 2018 WWA Permits Reissued

Background on the early input

Considerations for initial reissuance input

When we heard there was interest in providing early input on permit changes, we provided the following considerations to help frame the comments:

  • No backsliding permit requirements
  • Consider status of implementation. Several requirements from the 2013 permits are just beginning to be fully implemented. Consider whether additional implementation time will provide clearer direction for potential future permit changes.
  • Provide suggestions on permit changes that will:
    • Improve understanding/clarity of the requirement
    • Improve implementation
    • Lead to better water quality results
  • Thoughts on whether (and how) to combine the Phase I and WWA Phase II permits
  • Suggestions for requirements in the permit that do not easily roll into the next permit cycle (e.g. LID code updates, and watershed-based stormwater planning)
  • Provide rationale or justification for any proposed changes or suggestions.
    • Provide relevant data sources or literature if this supports proposals for revisions
  • Provide input about existing permit language that you view as an impediment to implementation
  • While always helpful, exact permit language is not necessary

Ultimately, Ecology is responsible for administering and issuing the permits and will make final decisions on permit language. This early and continuing input will help to inform those decisions.

Collaboration opportunities

The following groups organized to collaborate on submitting early input. They may continue to collaborate in the future as the reissuance process gets underway. Currently, these groups are awaiting our next steps before developing any additional input.

Some Phase I and Phase II Permittees, as well as environmental stakeholders and other interested parties, are engaging in a collaborative process to discuss recommended permit changes. Currently this effort is known as the “Ad-hoc Group”. For more information, visit the Washington Stormwater Center.

Regarding the Public Education and Outreach permit requirements, STORM (Stormwater Outreach for Regional Municipalities) is continuing to work with members, permittees, and others on early recommendations. For more information, contact Tiffany O’Dell at todell@co.pierce.wa.us.

Regarding monitoring requirements, a formal stakeholder group developed specific recommendations for Special Condition S8 Monitoring and Assessment and the Regional Stormwater Monitoring Program. A separate, grant-funded process resulted in additional recommendations specific to permittees located in the Lower Columbia River Basin. For more information, contact karen.dinicola@ecy.wa.gov.

Contact

Questions? Contact Abbey Stockwell at abbey.stockwell@ecy.wa.gov or 360-407-7221