Residents invited to review storm water plan Tuesday

March 1, 2009

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. March 1, 2009

King County officials are seeking input from Issaquah residents regarding the county’s proposed storm water management program.

Residents with questions about how the county handles storm water are invited to a March 3 meeting, from 6-8 p.m., in the Eagle Room at City Hall, 135 E. Sunset Way.

Participants will be able to review and discuss a draft of the new storm water management program that has been prepared by King County officials. Residents can ask questions of storm water management experts, learn more about such management and provide feedback on the new program.

Public comment will be taken through March 13.

Officials drafted a new storm water plan in response to the 2007 Phase I Municipal Storm Water Permit issued by the state Department of Ecology. A Phase I permit regulates discharges from municipal storm sewers.

Storm water runoff contributes to reduced water quality in Puget Sound, according to the department. Under the federal Clean Water Act, the department uses the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System to permit and set standards for all municipal storm water discharges from facilities and operations in unincorporated King County.

Officials are also developing a storm water management program to meet these requirements. The program is reviewed and updated annually.

The draft plan can be viewed here. Follow the links for “Stormwater” and then “King County Stormwater Management Program.”

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