Water Quality stories support the Water Quality Program's five Program activities. Some stories may fall under more than one category, and are listed accordingly.
Low Impact Development
Stormwater Grant Program: King County - Military Road
and 272nd Street Intersection Improvement Project
King County wanted to demonstrate that low impact development (LID) can be cost-effective, in spite of constraints usually encountered in capital projects for arterial roadways. This improvement project, at the intersection of Military Road and 272nd Street in King County, incorporated two LID technologies to meet stormwater management requirements.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)
Understanding and Controlling Sea Lettuce in Dumas Bay
In 2005, residents living along Dumas Bay noticed excessive amounts of sea lettuce and a very strong odor in the air. In 2007, Federal Way began consulting with Ecology about the problem, as well as working with the Departments of Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resources, and Health; Lake Haven Utility District, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, and local residents. They developed two separate grants to address sea lettuce in Dumas Bay.
(Other water quality-related; Provide excellent technical and financial assistance)
Wheel-of-Water: Turns heads toward terrific
new behaviors to protect aquatic treasures
Ecology found a way to compete for attention at fairs and other events while getting our water quality message across in a fun and entertaining way. A very impressive 30-inch "Wheel-of-Fortune"-type device engages people using a solid and attractive spinning wheel that could be safely manipulated by even small children, and brightly colored graphics from Water Quality′s series of light-hearted graphics from the "Washington Waters – Ours to Protect."
(Prevent and reduce nonpoint pollution)
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