City works to cut storm water pollution
April 13, 2010
Staffers touted a city program to reduce the amount of pollutants running into the municipal storm drainage system and local streams in a recent report to the state Department of Ecology.
The city submitted the third annual report to the Department of Ecology as part of a storm water permit.
The permit requires the city to develop and implement a storm water management program for 2007-12. The program must then be approved by the Department of Ecology. The annual report identifies requirements the city had to meet during the past year.
Staffers reduce pollutants through public education, outreach and participation. The city works to detect illicit discharges and eliminate any problems. Controlling runoff from construction sites also forms a key part of the plan. Staffers also take steps to prevent pollution through city operation and maintenance operations.
The focus last year centered on updating city regulations related to erosion and sediment control at construction sites, as well discharges into storm drains.
Workers will update inspection and maintenance programs for public and private storm water facilities throughout 2010.
Read about the program and find the complete report on the city Web site, or contact city Surface Water Engineer Valerie Monsey at 837-3408.