Public Education and Outreach Materials from Permittees
The following materials were
prepared by Washington state municipal stormwater permittees to support their
permit implementation. The permittees have made these materials available to
others to modify for their own use. To have your materials included here, please
contact your regional permit manager.
Thurston County has partnered with the cities of Lacey, Olympia, and
Tumwater to create an education program aimed at restaurant owners to
eliminate improper disposal of grease/oil. Improper washing of hood
filters and kitchen mats, improper cleaning of debris and dumpster
maintenance and improper storage or disposal of kitchen grease/oil results
in pollution being carried to storm water facilities, such as storm drains
or ditches, and into bodies of water, such as streams, lakes. Inspectors
provide one-on-one technical assistance visits and provide hood stickers and
poster that targets best management practices (BMPs).
Check out this pet waste
management video produced by the City of Kent’s multi-media
team and awarded first place at the 2012 National Association of
Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) Government Programming
Awards. For more information or to obtain the video in an alternate
format, please contact Shawn Gilbertson at the City,
Kitsap County developed this
virtual tour of
green stormwater/low impact development projects in Kitsap County in early
2012. The video’s main message is that these techniques manage stormwater in
a more cost-effective and natural way, resulting in less runoff and cleaner
water. The video tour was funded by a Department of Ecology grant. For more
information, please contact Liz
Satterthwaite or Chris May at
Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management.
This Car Wash Kit
demonstration video was produced by the Skagit
Conservation District for the Skagit Marine Resources Committee with funding
through the Northwest Straits. The video was created by Skagit County's
media21 department in partnership with the cities of Anacortes, Mount
Vernon, Sedro Woolley, and Burlington. Please contact Lori Kyle at the
Skagit Conservation District, 360-428-4313,
email@example.com. The video can be
tailored for use in other jurisdictions.
Restaurant Focus Groups
Report: Kitsap County and partners from Everett, Lacey, and King County,
conducted focus groups with restaurant staff—one with employees and one with
owners/managers. The focus groups were designed to identify motivators and
barriers to best management practices, messaging, and how to best
communicate with this business sector; and to collect information about
their practices that affect stormwater runoff, specifically dumpster use,
grease handling, cleaning mats and equipment, and hosing down alleys.
auto shop poster was created by Kitsap County with several statewide
partners to educate auto shops across Washington State about BMPs for
auto-related wastes. The County recommends printing and laminating the
poster professionally and sized 11" X 17”. There is a blank space at the
lower left hand corner to insert a logo and contact information. The
poster’s design emerged following development of a
Background Research Report which assesses the effectiveness of business
outreach materials AND testing by
final report on the pilot
testing done in 5 Washington State communities summarizes the findings of
the project. Funded by an Ecology Grant of Regional or Statewide Significance.
Snohomish County and its partners in Kitsap County and the cities of
Moses Lake, Wenatchee and Seattle, developed an education and outreach
campaign (Dump Smart – It’s Not Just Water) for 3 mobile business sectors:
carpet cleaners, painters and power/pressure washers. Find out how to run
this mobile business education program in your jurisdiction in the
Dump Smart – It’s Not
Just Water, Stormwater Pollution Prevention for Mobile Businesses, June 2011
project report. Contact your Ecology regional permit specialist if you
need the educational materials in a native file format and if you need
window clings (a limited supply is available). Funded by an Ecology
stormwater Grant of Regional or Statewide Significance.
Lost and (Puget) Sound This 27 min. cinematic feature follows three
teens who lose a key down a storm drain. In their search for the key they
learn about stormwater pollution and discover they can do something about
it. The film, which complements mainstream science curriculum (grades 3-9),
was produced by the City of Seattle in partnership with Seattle Public
Schools, Everett Public Schools and the City of Tacoma. Teaching guide,
student worksheets, and related classroom activities are available at
Funded by an Ecology Grant of Regional
or Statewide Significance.
Seattle Public Utilities produced the following 30-second PSAs using
film and audio from the Lost and (Puget) Sound project. They each have a
regional water quality message including Puget Sound Starts Here. Contact
Beth Miller at Seattle
Public Utilities for information about this project.
Funded by an Ecology
stormwater Grant of Regional or Statewide Significance
Down the Drain” webpage from Asotin County and the Eastern Washington
Stormwater Coordinators Forum has a tool box and common theme. Contact
Cheryl Sonnen at Asotin County
Public Works for more information. The tool box on this webpage contains:
Logo Kit, and PowerPoint presentation.
Brochures, print ads, and posters.
PSA short TV videos, radio spots, and billboards.
Cool tips for how to be more environmentally friendly.
that Leak! Oil and Water Don’t Mix.” The YouTube site is a partnership
between SPU, Ecology, Washington DECA and South Seattle Community College.
Seattle used part of the FY2011 Municipal Stormwater Capacity Grant to
conduct education and outreach on BMPs to the public around vehicle
maintenance, and to work with KUBE 93 radio station and DECA to educate
young drivers about the importance of car maintenance. For questions,
Contact Kevin Buckley.
City of Seattle's report
on the Spill Kit, WQ Hotline, Green Your Rug and Car Wash Kit education and
outreach Programs. If you would like to use any of this material please
contact Kevin Buckley at the City of Seattle, 206-733-9195 or
an file format that can be edited.