State-wide Stories

Water Quality stories support the Water Quality Program's Program activities. Some stories may fall under more than one category, and are listed accordingly.


Case Studies in Reclaimed Water Use: Creating new water supplies across Washington State
Experiences and perspectives of 15 operating or planned reclaimed water facilities across the state of Washington.
(Provide excellent technical and financial assistance)

Chitosan and the CTAPE Process: Overcoming Bias with Science
This story highlights how one company worked with the Chemical Technology Assessment Protocol – Ecology (CTAPE) review process to ensure that its flocculant, a chitosan product, is safe when used as directed and also receive a Conditional use level designation (CULD).
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)

Contractors Trained to Protect Water Quality: Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Training Programs
Ecology developed a Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Training program to ensure that Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Leads (CESLs) have adequate skills and training to prevent erosion and protect water quality, in the principles of erosion and sediment control best management practices and using inspections and water quality sampling to recognize potential and actual water quality impacts.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)

Controlling Pet Waste in Suburban Areas: where to look - and what to say to the public
Snohomish County used a scientific approach to their pet waste challenge and created a program to help local governments change public knowledge and behaviors to help keep pet waste out of local streams.
(Clean-up water pollution; Prevent and reduce nonpoint pollution)

Forest and Fish Compliance Monitoring Program: Field Surveys
The Compliance Monitoring Program (CMP), created to evaluate how closely state forestry regulations are followed, strives to provide a sound evaluation of whether forestry activities, conducted on state and private lands, meet both the forest practice rules and the requirements of forest practices applications (FPAs). Over the long term, when enough FPAs have been surveyed to provide reliable estimates, the CMP hopes to accurately describe compliance both statewide and for each DNR region.
(Prevent and reduce nonpoint pollution)

Getting Results: Stories of Water Quality Improvements in Washington State
Stories illustrating site-specific water quality improvements.
(Prevent and reduce nonpoint pollution)

More of Washington's Wastewater Treatment Plants Achieve Perfection!
In 2006, Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) gave special recognition to 56 of the state's 321 wastewater treatment plants – about one fifth of them – for "perfect performances" to keep Washington's waters clean.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)

Municipal Stormwater General Permits: Getting Us to Clean Water by Finding and Fixing Problems
Communities across Washington State may differ in their interests and industries, but one thing they have in common is dealing with stormwater. The 2007 municipal stormwater discharge permit required the state's most populated cities and counties covered by the permit to adopt ordinances that prohibit illicit discharges and connections into the stormwater system.  The Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Program (IDDE) helps these cities and counties to find and fix illicit discharges.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)

Orange Book Becomes Living Document: Ecology's Internal Update Process a Success
Water Quality Program management assembled a team, known as the Orange Book Work Group, (OBWG), which developed a process to make the Orange Book a “living document”. Their process provides an efficient way to get and keep the Book up-to-date.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)

Putting Pipes on a Fat-Free Diet
Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) can cause problems when poured down a drain, rather than into special grease traps or other equipment used to capture FOG for later disposal. This project seeks to inform and education local governments, businesses, and citizens about the problems caused by FOG and how to address them.
(Clean-up water pollution, Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)

Putting the Reins on Stormwater: Improving Stormwater Management at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds
Local fairgrounds are an important part of many agricultural communities. The Evergreen Fairgrounds in Monroe, Washington, covers 185 acres. Snohomish County Staff noticed that the fairground’s stormwater treatment plan needed improvement. They worked with the state Department of Ecology to improve stormwater treatment by utilizing low impact development (LID) techniques.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)

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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Last updated June 2012