WSR 03-11-096

DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY


[ Filed May 21, 2003, 11:10 a.m. ]


Ecology Wants Your Comments on the Final Draft Stormwater Management Manual for Eastern Washington


Background: The Department of Ecology (ecology) has been working with eastern Washington communities and other stakeholders to develop improved stormwater management tools for eastern Washington. As a result of a chartering meeting held in June 2001 in Moses Lake, a steering committee was formed to work with ecology and a consultant team was selected and placed under contract. The steering committee and ecology are managing a project that has resulted in completion of a final draft stormwater management manual and a model municipal stormwater program for eastern Washington. This project included an analysis of the cost of implementing the measures in the manual and in the model program.

The objectives of the project are to:

Develop a Stormwater Management Manual for Eastern Washington (stormwater manual) that will serve as a commonly accepted standard for the management of stormwater in this region. The final draft stormwater management manual addresses and integrates stormwater management needs under federal and state laws and provides for local flexibility in meeting specific local needs.

Develop a Model Municipal Stormwater Program for Eastern Washington (model program), with strong local participation and direction. This model program describes a regionally and environmentally appropriate stormwater program that satisfies federal and state regulatory requirements and can be implemented by local government. The model program was constructed to assure that local governments can address unique or specific issues within the context of the model program.

A public comment period on both documents was held last fall. The model program has been completed and will be published this summer.

Final Draft Stormwater Management Manual for Eastern Washington: There will be a second comment period on the stormwater manual. The steering committee and ecology will be conducting public workshops on the stormwater manual in June. Each workshop will begin with a presentation, followed by an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments.


Public Workshops
Location Date and Time
Spokane

WSU Spokane County Cooperative Extension

North 222 Havana Street

Monday, June 23, 2003

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Clarkston

Walla Walla Community College

Clarkston Center, Multipurpose Room

1470 Bridge Street

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Tri-Cities

Benton County PUD Building, Auditorium

2721 West 10th Avenue

Kennewick

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Ellensburg

Ellensburg Inn

Great Northern Room

1700 Canyon Road

Thursday, June 26, 2003

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.


If you have questions about the workshops, or need special accommodations, please contact Sarah Hubbard-Gray at (509) 465-9410 (voice) or 1-800-833-6388 (TTY) by June 16, 2003.

Written Comments: Written comments, along with comments received at the public workshops, will be considered by ecology and the steering committee as the draft stormwater manual is revised. Written comments can be submitted to ecology between June 2 and August 18, 2003.

Send your comments to Karen Dinicola, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600, e-mail kdin461@ecy.wa.gov, fax (360) 407-6426.

How to get a copy of the Final Draft Stormwater Management Manual for Eastern Washington:

Online: After June 2, an electronic version is available at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/stormwater/.

Printed Copies: Printed copies will be available from the Department of Printing in mid-June. If you have a credit card, you can order printed copies of the Final Draft Stormwater Management Manual for Eastern Washington at https://wws2.wa.gov/prt/printwa/wsprt/default.asp.

You can also use this website to get price information and then send a check or money order payable to "Department of Printing" at Department of Printing, P.O. Box 798, Olympia, WA 98507-0798.

Make sure you include your name, mailing address, phone number, and the name of the publication. Allow about two weeks for delivery. If you have questions about ordering this document, please call the Department of Printing at (360) 570-5555.

The Model Municipal Stormwater Program for Eastern Washington: Ecology received comments on the model program during the comment period held last fall. Those comments received were considered, and where appropriate, incorporated into the final version of the model program document that will be available in late July or early August.

How to get a copy of the Model Municipal Stormwater Program for Eastern Washington when available:

Online: An electronic version will be available at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/stormwater/.

Printed Copies: You may also order printed copies of the Model Municipal Stormwater Program from the Department of Printing. Please see the Department of Printing information listed above for the Final Draft Stormwater Management Manual for how to order a copy.

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