Highlights and Big Ideas of Washington’s Municipal Stormwater Permits

Washington state’s municipal stormwater permits rely upon an encompassing, and in some cases novel, approach to stormwater management.

With a strong regulatory history, and highly visible and important water resources to protect – Washington state’s municipal stormwater permits rely upon an encompassing, and in some cases novel, approach to stormwater management. Highlights of the newly reissued 2019 permits include:

  • Stormwater planning as a tool for water quality management and watershed health
  • Incorporating environmental justice into Stormwater Management Programs
  • Source control inspections for existing businesses on a regional basis
  • Stormwater retrofits…
  • Community based social marketing approach to education and outreach

These new requirements build upon a solid regulatory foundation that:

  • requires Low Impact Development to be the preferred and commonly used approach in western Washington,
  • includes a permitee-funded regional stormwater monitoring program that tracks the status and trends of receiving waters, and studies the effectiveness of BMPs, and
  • provides up-to-date guidance through stormwater management manuals.

A large part of the success is due to the regional collaboration, funding, as well as the state and local partnerships all working towards the goal of clean water.

About Instructor

Abbey Stockwell

Municipal Stormwater Senior Planner @ Washington State Dept of Ecology

Not Enrolled
$75.00

Course Includes

  • 1 Lesson
  • Course Certificate