Ecology News: Water Quality Assessment Meeting Materials and Update

To those interested in the continuing public dialogue on Washington’s Water Quality Assessment and Policy 1-11 updates, we have posted high level notes from the February 9th meeting as well as a copy of the February 9th PowerPoint presentation.

We are scheduling one more meeting to discuss human health criteria and the use of fish tissue in the Assessment.  In preparation for this meeting, Ecology is preparing different options for consideration and discussion, therefore we have decided to push the next meeting date out farther into March.  If you are interested in participating in this meeting, please put a hold on your calendar for Thursday, March 30, 2017.  We do not have final details on the site location or times, but we are working on a meeting room in the SeaTac area, and will also secure a conference room in Spokane for those that want to meet in one place on the east side.  Similar to the other meetings, this will also be run as a webinar for those who are not able to join in person at one of the two locations.

As a reminder from the February 9th meeting, if anyone wants to submit written comments on the bioassessment alternatives that Ecology presented at the January 19th meeting, please email them to me by February 23, 2017 (or contact me if you intend to submit written comments but cannot make that deadline).  Any written comments received on bioassessment or any of the other key topics will be posted on our website and considered as we move forward with revisions to Policy 1-11.

If you are interested in any of the other materials that have been presented at previous meetings, please go to our website at: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/303d/proposed/index.html .

Thank you for your interest in Washington’s water quality.  If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call.  We look forward to continued dialogue on these issues.

Susan Braley

Watershed Management Section

Phone: (360) 407-6414

email: susan.braley@ecy.wa.gov

 

Ecology News: State Solid and Hazardous Waste Plan- Moving Washington Beyond Waste and Toxics

Here is a sample of work the Department of Ecology and our partners around the state have been doing to support the goals in the State Solid and Hazardous Waste Plan – Moving Washington Beyond Waste and Toxics:

o   Cascadia Consulting group, working with FCS and Abbe & Associates, is working on identifying potential sustainable funding mechanisms for components of Washington’s solid waste system. The process will include two surveys (the first has already been sent out to this Listserv), with a final report expected in June 2017.

o   For more information, contact Janine Bogar, 360-407-6654

o   The 2016 Statewide Waste Characterization Study is done, providing updated data from the last study, which was completed in 2009. The largest components in our waste stream, by weight, continue to be organics and paper. This study also provides a breakdown of products versus packaging, as well as edible (at the time of disposal) versus inedible food.

o   For more information, contact Gretchen Newman, 360-407-6097

  • Northwest Region Commingled Recycling Report and Next Steps

(Supports Goal SWM 5, Actions 5A and 5B on page 27 in the Solid Waste and Materials section)

o   Ecology led a large, diverse and dedicated group of stakeholders who researched and wrote this informative report, titled Optimizing the Commingled Recycling System in Northwest Washington. The group is now starting to work on recommendations from the report. Three workgroups are being established:  1) Educational Messaging; 2) Contracting Harmonization; and 3) Packaging Industry Collaboration. Statewide participants are welcome and needed.

o   For more information, contact Alli Kingfisher, 509-329-3448

  • Greening State Contracts with Environmentally Preferred Purchasing (EPP)

(Supports Goal RIMP 2, Action RIMP 2A on page 34 in the Reducing Impacts of Materials and Products section)

o   Ecology and the Department of Enterprise Services are joining forces to prioritize and green more state purchasing contracts.  Currently, they are focusing on state contracts for Facilities Maintenance and Repair supplies, Bulk, Frozen and Canned Food, Compostable Food Serviceware, and Janitorial Chemicals.

o   For more information, contact Tina Simcich, 360-407-7517

o   The Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Consumer Products report was published in November 2016.  This study examined 201 common consumer items, such as paints and packaging, to look for the presence of byproduct PCBs. The study included products purchased under Department of Enterprise Services contracts. According to state law (RCW 39.26.280 and RCW 39.26.290), the state has a preference for purchasing non-PCB containing items.

o   For more information, contact Kari Trumbull, 360-407-6093

o   A series of training videos on designating your waste are available on Ecology’s website.  An additional video on pharmaceuticals will be available in Spring 2017.  Many pharmaceuticals can be hazardous to people or the environment if they are thrown away or flushed down the drain.

o   For more information, contact Joanne Lind, 360-407-6474

  • Ecology is collaborating with University of Washington and others to provide training opportunities for identifying safer chemicals.
  • Transitioning to Safer Chemicals – in-person 1.5 day training (learn more)
  • List Translator: Introducing a Tool to Screen for Chemical Hazards – a 1.5 hour webinar to learn the basic principles of chemical hazard assessments, why they are of interest and simple tools to identify and screen out hazardous chemicals (learn more)
  • Using List Translators to Screen for Chemical Hazards– in person ¾ day training (learn more)
  • Additional topics and training sessions will be available in the future.
  • For more information, contact Saskia van Bergen, 360-407-6609.

Thank you for your interest in the State Solid and Hazardous Waste Plan,

–          Janine Bogar | Washington State Department of Ecology | Waste 2 Resources Program | 360-407-6654  |janine.bogar@ecy.wa.gov

and-          Chris Chapman | Washington State Department of Ecology |Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction Program  |360-407-7160  |chris.chapman@ecy.wa.gov

 

Ecology News: Announcement from Ecology regarding our State Fiscal Year 2018 Draft Funding Offer List and Intended Use Plan.

The Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) Water Quality Program is pleased to announce the availability of the State Fiscal Year 2018 (SFY18) Draft Funding Offer List and Intended Use Plan (Draft List) for public review and comment. The Draft List describes how Ecology proposes to use state and federal dollars to fund projects focused on improving water quality across the state.

This year Ecology evaluated more than 225 applications, including 169 new and 56 carryover projects from local governments, tribes, conservation districts, other public entities, and qualified not-for-profit organizations. New funding requests totaled approximately $297 million. Ecology is proposing grant and loan funding for 165 projects totaling approximately $188 million. The total includes $115 million in loans from the Washington State Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund, approximately $42 million in grants from the Stormwater Financial Assistance Program, approximately $29 million in grants from the Centennial Clean Water Program, and approximately $1.6 million in grants from the Clean Water Act Section 319 Program. The projects proposed for funding reflect the highest priority water quality projects across the state. Projects proposed for funding include:

  • 36 nonpoint source pollution control activity projects.
  • 2 local onsite sewage system repair and replacement projects.
  • 7 stormwater control activity projects.
  • 89 stormwater facility projects.
  • 31 wastewater facility projects.

The Draft List is available at https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/SummaryPages/1710003.html. In addition, the Draft List and other SFY18 Funding Cycle information are available at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/funding/Opp/WQC/CyclePages/WQC2018.html.

A public review and comment period is open until 5:00pm on February 20, 2017. Ecology will hold a public information meeting to present the Draft List and discuss the project evaluation and funding cycle process. Details on the public meeting are listed below.

Date:  February 16
Time:   1:00 pm
Place:  Pierce County Library, 3005 112th Street East, Tacoma, WA 98446

Please mail, email, or fax any written comments on the Draft List to:
Daniel Thompson
Department of Ecology
Water Quality Program – Financial Management Section
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
Fax: 360-407-7151
Email: daniel.thompson@ecy.wa.gov

A Final Funding Offer List and Intended use Plan (Final List) will be developed and issued following the receipt of public comments, awarding of federal grants, and passage of the state 2017-19 Biennial Budget. The Final List is expected to be published by July 1, 2017. Any public comments received on the Draft List will be addressed in the Final List.

 

Ecology News: Notice of Meetings on Washington’s Water Quality Assessment: January 19 and February 9, 2017

The Washington Department of Ecology continues to hold meetings to have public dialogue on key issues around how we develop Washington’s Water Quality Assessment.  These meetings are being held in-person and by webinar.  Please mark your calendar for the following meeting dates and register if you are interested in attending:

  • Register for the January 19 meeting in Renton to discuss Data Used in the Assessment and Bioassessment.
  • Register for the February 9 meeting (sites in Lacey and Spokane) to discuss human health criteria and the use of fish tissue.

For more information and details go to our website: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/303d/proposed/index.html.

Questions should be addressed to: Susan Braley, Watershed Management Section, Washington Department of Ecology
Phone: (360) 407-6414
email: susan.braley@ecy.wa.gov

 

Ecology News: Ecology has filed the following: Preproposal Statement of Inquiry (CR-101) for Chapter 173-321 WAC, Public Participation Grants

Ecology has filed the following rulemaking Preproposal Statement of Inquiry (CR-101) was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser:

Chapter 173-321 WAC,  Public Participation  Grants
For more information:
http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/rules/wac173321/1613ov.html

Ecology News: Public Notices – Permits

Ecology has filed the following public notices with the Office of the Code Reviser:

Public Notice: Announcing the Reissuance of the Aquatic Noxious Weed Control General Permit
http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/law/wsr/2017/01/17-01-118.htm
For more information:
http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/pesticides/final_pesticide_permits/noxious/noxious_index.html

Public Notice: Announcing the Public Comment Period and Hearing for the Draft Modification of the Construction Stormwater General Permit
http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/law/wsr/2017/01/17-01-123.htm
For more information:
http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/stormwater/construction/index.html

CSPA Reporting Rule Update

Please see the response (below) from Kara Steward of the Department of Ecology regarding the the Task Force request to consider PCBs in the CSPA reporting ruling.

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Happy holidays to everyone.
Please extend my thanks to the members of SRRTTF for the request for consideration of PCBs as an addition to the Chemicals of High Concern to Children during the Children’s Safe Products Act rulemaking update.  Ecology reviewed the information submitted.  At this time, PCBs are not being considered as an addition to the CHCC list.  The scope of the current rulemaking is too narrow to accommodate a rulemaking change to lower the 100 part per million reporting limit for chemicals present as contaminants.
The updated CSPA documents are on this webpage:
Let me know if you have additional questions or comments.
Kindest regards,
Kara
Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction Program
360-407-6250 direct | kara.steward@ecy.wa.gov.

ECOLOGY NEWS: Policy 1-11 workshop, December 13th and 14th. Register Now!

Ecology will hold a two day workshop on Washington’s Water Quality Assessment and Policy 1-11.

Registration is now open for the two days workshop that will be held on Dec. 13 and 14 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at Lacey Community Center.  You can participate in person or by webinar.

The portion that most Task Force members will want to participate in will be the December 14th (2nd day). Please go to the following link and fill out the survey information to register. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WQA_Meeting 

Public meetings on the Water Quality Assessment and Water Quality Policy 1-11 will be held next week onDec. 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Lacey Community Center.   If you plan to attend in-person or by Webinar, please register at:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WQA_Meeting.
 
Agendas for the two days are as follows:
 
Tuesday, December 13
9 a.m. – Noon                  Data used in the Assessment (representativeness, confidence levels, transparency)
Noon – 1 p.m.                  Lunch
1 – 3:30 p.m.                    Bioassessment
3:30 – 4 p.m.                    Wrap up and next steps for each topic
 
Wednesday, December 14
9 a.m. – Noon                  Toxics Data and use of fish tissue
Noon – 1 p.m.                  Lunch
1 – 2 p.m.                          TMDL Prioritization
2 – 3:30 p.m.                    Sediment Management Standards used for listing
3:30 – 4 p.m.                    Wrap up and next steps for each topic
 
We have posted on our website Issue Papers and related materials for the 5 key topics that will be the basis of discussion for the meetings.  If you plan to participate, we encourage you to read these prior to the meetings if possible.
 
Thank you for your interest in Washington’s water quality.
 
Susan Braley
Watershed Management Section
Phone: (360) 407-6414

Ecology News: PCB source tracing report now posted on Ecology website

With your input, the King County Science and Technical Support Section completed the report A Review of Select PCB Source Tracing Programs this summer for Ecology. PCB source tracing programs reviewed covered Portland, Tacoma, Seattle and Spokane as well as San Francisco Bay and Delaware River Basin.
Ecology experienced website design transitions that delayed posting of the report on their website but it is now here: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/puget_sound/docs/PCBSourceTracingProgramsReport.pdf
Please share and distribute to anyone you think would be interested. One of the main objectives of the project was to facilitate information sharing. Therefore, our success is dependent on wide distribution and communication. I appreciate your efforts to assist us with this.
Keep up the good work on PCBs!
Jenée Colton
Acting Supervisor
Toxics and Contaminant Assessment Unit
King County DNRP, WLRD Science Section
206-477-4075
Mailing address:
201 S. Jackson St., Ste 600
Seattle, WA 98104