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Puget Sound Olympia

Municipal Stormwater

Administration of Pooled Funds

Goals: to provide credible and transparent accountability for expenditures of permittee funds to implement SAM.

In 2013 permittees notified their permit managers in writing which S8.B and S8.C permit condition option they chose. Based on the opt-in notice received, Ecology will invoice permittees in May of 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 for payments due in August of each year.

Ecology is the service provider for SAM. Questions should be directed to the SAM Coordinator Brandi Lubliner at brandi.lubliner@ecy.wa.gov or 360-407-7140.

Due to the permit extension, all permittees should plan for the same S8.B, S8.C, and S8.D payments due in August 2019. For the first year of the next permit cycle, whether it is issued on time or at a later date, the required contributions to the three pooled fund accounts will be the same as or lower than the amounts in the current permit. In the second year of the next permit, all Lower Columbia permittees will have new requirements for S8.B; all permittees who are “new permittees” in the current permit will have new requirements for S8.B, S8.C, and S8.D; and permittees whose populations increased may see increased amounts for S8.B, S8.C, and S8.D.

SAM Funding

Where to Send Your Payment

Please send your payment to the address listed on the payment request document (invoice). If this document is not available, use the information here to send your payment.

SAM Funds Managed in Private/Local Accounts

The budget process in the State of Washington segregates expenditure authority into three main categories related to the funding source: state, federal, and private/local. The money sent by municipal stormwater permittees to Ecology for the SAM is held in a set of Private/Local accounts. The State’s use of funds in these accounts is restricted as defined in Policy 75.80 Revenue Source Codes for the State of Washington (see the State Administration & Accounting Manual website). “Private/Local: Revenues provided to the state by nonfederal sources such as private individuals, local governments, commercial enterprises and foundations that are restricted by contract or agreement.” Only a contract or agreement for the intended purpose of conducting SAM activities and set up under one of the SAM Private/Local accounts may legally use these funds. The SAM Coordinator and Ecology track expenditures on a quarterly basis, and report cash flow in the Quarterly Report for the Pooled Resources Oversight Committee.

Additional Contributions

  • USGS committed $20,000 for microplastics analysis in SAM nearshore sediment samples.
  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife analyzing SAM mussel tissue samples for microplastics.
  • Ecology provides lead staff, meeting expenses, and technical services to ensure the SAM’s overall success.
  • USGS committed $60,000 of their co-op funds to conduct enhanced flow data recording using pressure transducers at a 15 of the SAM small streams sites.
  • USGS committed $50,000 of their co-op funds to conduct comparisons between SAM small stream data and data gathered under National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) in the Puget Sound region in 2015.
  • Washington Department of Agriculture committed $53,000 for additional 100 pesticide analyses for 75 of the SAM stream sediments samples.
  • Penn Cove Shellfish donated the mussels to be used for the mussel monitoring study in the urban nearshore environments.
  • City of Redmond is not charging the SAM for the project management task on the Paired Basin Watershed study.

Pooled Resources Oversight Committee

The PRO Committee has regular meetings, with minutes and agendas posted as they occur. PRO Committee Charter

SAM Communication


Annual Reports

Quarterly Reports:

Association of Washington Cities Grant

The Association of Washington Cities will meet with members of the Stormwater Work Group and the communication subgroup to develop a strategy, products and tools to reach target audiences. The overall goal is to communicate SAM results broadly and effectively with stormwater managers and municipal stormwater decision makers for adaptive management of stormwater programs and activities.

Scope of Work

Project Tasks and Deliverables
Task 1: Quarterly Reports 2017 Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 and 2018 Q1
Task 2: Establish brand and communication strategy D2.1 Communication Strategy
Task 3: Stakeholder Knowledge pre and post 1 year communication strategy D3.1 Baseline Survey
Task 4: Implementation of communication strategy. This includes development of factsheets, video, newsletters, and outline for GIS story map D4.1 List of completed materials, YouTube video link
Task 5: Plan and host SAM Findings Symposium D5.1 2017 SAM Symposium Agenda


SAM Projects Overview

Stormwater Action Monitoring
Planned Expenditures by Project/Activity
Updated July 2017
Status and trends in receiving waters Total costs Completion date
Small Puget Lowland Streams $2,342,200 May-2017
Puget Sound nearshore sediment chemistry $360,300 Sep-2017
Contaminants in marine mussels $539,000 Round 1 completed
Round 2 Jun-2019
Puget Sound bacteria data compilation and summary $38,250 Completed
Effectiveness studies
Catch basin inspection and maintenance $260,305 Nov-2018
Paired urban watershed restoration $1,298,000 Jun-2019
Hylebos Creek bioretention retrofit $1,087,434 Dec-2018
Stormwater source control at small businesses $176,682 Jul-2017
LID bioretention hydrology performance $562,852 Jun-2018
Bioretention reduction of toxicity to salmon $149,105 Completed
Field test of plants and fungi on bioretention performance $424,920 Dec-2018
LID Retrofit of Hwy 99 at Echo Lake $469,568 Mar-2018
Rain Garden and bioretention protocol and survey $175,000 May-2018
PCB reduction by bioretention soil mix $191,255 Nov-2018
Source Identification
IDDE data compilation and analysis $107,255 Completed
SAM Program Management
SAM Coordinator and support, total for permit cycle $530,760 Aug-2019