Municipal Stormwater Permits: Pilot Audit Program
Purpose of effort
The most populated areas of the state are regulated by a municipal stormwater permit, which is administered by the Department of Ecology’s Water Quality Program. Beginning in late 2015, we are planning to pilot a Municipal Stormwater Permit audit program to evaluate Phase II City and County Permittees’ compliance with the permit and to assess the overall clarity and effectiveness of our permit language and its requirements.
We will use the results of this effort to inform future permit development. If we find deficiencies, we will follow up as appropriate.
Under this effort, Ecology will take a focused look at certain aspects of the stormwater management programs being implemented, in order to:
Ecology is responsible for conducting compliance assurance activities and enforcing permit conditions and requirements for the state’s municipal stormwater permit program.
Audit plan strategies
Develop a standard, state-wide approach for SWMP audits (initially for Phase II 2013/14 permits)
Follow flexible approach, designed to achieve more contact with Permittees, using two levels of effort as described below.
Audits are expected to focus on the following permit sections:
Frequently asked questions
Q: What is an audit?
Q: Why is Ecology conducting the audit?
Q: Has an audit ever been conducted before and if so, what are some lessons learned?
Q: How are you choosing who you will audit?
Q: What will you do with the information you uncover?
Q: Will you penalize or fine Permittees if you find problems?
Q: Where can I find information about Ecology’s water quality enforcement actions?
Q: How will we find out if we’re being audited?
Q: Will everybody receive audit findings or just the audited jurisdiction?
Q: How much time will it take for the audit? What should I expect?
Q: How long will Permittees have to prepare documents?
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