Ecology NEWS: DRAFT report on Evaluation of Fish Hatcheries as Sources of PCBs to the Spokane River” available for review and comment

Task Force

The DRAFT report on the “Evaluation of Fish Hatcheries as Sources of PCBs to the Spokane River”, is now available for your review. If you have any comments or suggestions, please send by them to Siana Wong at swon461@ECY.WA.GOV by no later than c.o.b. on Wed, Feb 28 toSiana would be happy to answer any questions by email or phone. Below is a background summary of the study.

Background of study:

In 2016, Washington State Department of Ecology’s Environmental Assessment Program undertook a study to assess the PCB load contributions of hatcheries to the Spokane River. We collected water samples from the Spokane Hatchery and fish tissue samples from hatchery rainbow trout raised at the Spokane and Troutlodge Hatcheries, and analyzed them for PCB congeners. This project followed guidelines and procedures described in the Quality Assurance Project Plan by Michael Friese:

Thank you,

ECOLOGY NEWS: Ecology seeking new data from fresh and marine waters in Washington for the next Water Quality Assessment

To those interested in Washington’s Water Quality Assessment:

As part of the next assessment process, Ecology is seeking new data and information collected from fresh and marine waters in Washington to be used in the next Water Quality Assessment.  This call-for data applies to data and information collected within a ten year period up through December 31, 2017.  An initial call-for-data was conducted in February 2016 to seek data up through December 2015.  If any data were previously submitted to Ecology for use in the Water Quality Assessment it does not need to be submitted again.  Information on submitting data for use in the Water Quality Assessment can also be found on our website.

The deadline for submitting additional data and information to Ecology for consideration in the Water Quality Assessment is 11:59 p.m. on March 28, 2018.

Purpose of the Water Quality Assessment

Ecology periodically gathers and uses readily-available water quality data to list waterbodies that fall into different categories of water quality (from good to polluted). This process – and the lists it generates – is called Washington’s Water Quality Assessment, and is used to meet federal Clean Water Act (CWA) requirements under Sections 303(d) and 305(b).

Submitting data

Numeric water quality data should be submitted into Ecology’s Environmental Information Management (EIM) database  to be used for the Water Quality Assessment. Information on submitting data to EIM is available on the EIM website.  Questions on submitting to EIM can also be directed to Jake Kleinknecht (jkle461@ECY.WA.GOV), phone 360-407-6562.

Narrative information that provides conclusive evidence that a beneficial water use is being impaired can be submitted to the email address at or by mail to: Patrick Lizon, Water Quality Program, Department of Ecology,  PO Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600.

If you have questions on submitting data, please contact: Patrick Lizon (pliz461@ECY.WA.GOV), Water Quality Program, phone 360-407-6782.

Thank you for your interest in Washington’s water quality.

Susan Braley
Watershed Management Section
Phone: (360) 407-6414


EVENT NEWS: ULI Idaho – Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate February 22nd, 2018

ULI Idaho – Harvesting the Value of Water:
Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate
February 22nd, 8:00-10:00a CenterPlace Regional Event Center
2426 N. Discovery Way, Spokane Valley WA
“As cities increasingly require private developments to incorporate stormwater management mechanisms, green infrastructure is likely to become part of business as usual. Real estate projects that harness the opportunities presented by stormwater management systems will see the benefits, particularly in terms of the design of public and outdoor spaces and opportunities for operational and land use efficiencies.”
The growing involvement of the real estate industry in helping municipalities manage stormwater runoff with systems using natural resources is explored in a new Urban Land Institute (ULI) publication, Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate .
Come hear from the primary author of the report followed by a local panel of experts that will share successful case studies and lessons learned.
Keynote Presenter:
Katharine Burgess, AICP – Senior Director – Urban Resilience, Urban Land Institute
Katharine is the primary author of the Harvesting the Value of Water report. Through ULI’s Urban Resilience Program, Katharine aims to help ULI members and the public make their communities more resilient in the face of climate change. Through research, conferences and events, technical assistance projects, and its work with ULI’s District Council network, the Urban Resilience Program focuses on opportunities relevant to the built environment, real estate markets, and the land use policy sector. Many of the Urban Resilience Program’s projects have focused on the management of water in urban settings during peak and routine events, including methods for capturing water through green infrastructure.
Local Panel Includes:
Laura Laumatia, Environmental Specialist in the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s Lake Management Department
Mike Peterson, Executive Director of the Lands Council, Spokane
Joe Frank, President of Greenstone – Kendall Yards Developer
Rick Romero, Senior Advisor for Strategic Planning City of Spokane, Office of the Mayor
Event Pricing (includes continental breakfast)
Private –   Member $25/Non Member $35
Public/Non-profit – Member $20/Non Member $30
Student – Member $20/Non Member $30
Under 35 – Member $20/Non Member $30
Retired $20

Ecology News: “Spokane River PCBs and Other Toxics at the Spokane Tribal Boundary: Report available “Recommendations for Developing a Long-Term Monitoring Plan”

The report, “Spokane River PCBs and Other Toxics at the Spokane Tribal Boundary: Recommendations for Developing a Long-Term Monitoring Plan”, is available at .

 The Department of Ecology conducted seasonal monitoring for toxic contaminants in the Spokane River at the eastern Spokane Tribal boundary during 2015 – 2016.  This monitoring area is downstream of all known sources of PBDEs, PCBs, and metals (cadmium, copper, lead, and zinc).  Toxics monitoring was conducted to provide recommendations for establishing a long-term monitoring program for the site.
Surface water and suspended sediment samples were taken during the three major hydraulic river regimes: spring high flow, summer low flow, and winter moderate flow.  The samples were analyzed for PCBs, PBDEs, dioxins/furans, and metals (cadmium, copper, lead, and zinc).  Three collection and extraction techniques were used to ensure detection of PCBs and PBDEs in surface water: CLAM (Continuous Low-level Aqueous Monitoring device), XAD-2, and liquid-liquid extraction with two-liter composite samples.  Suspended sediments were collected with sediment traps deployed for four months at a time.
Recommendations were made to continue long-term monitoring in the Spokane River at the eastern Spokane Tribal boundary site, with minor changes in collection techniques and toxic parameters to consider for analysis.
If you have questions, contact Brandee Era-Miller at 360-407-6771 or

February 7, 2018 Education and Outreach Work Group Meeting

The next meeting of the SRRTTF Education and Outreach Work group is:

Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Washington Department of Ecology
N. 4601 Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205

Click here for a map.
Conference call-in number is (509) 335-2277.  Participant Code is 36812362

*The conference call-in number will remain open until 10 minutes after the meeting begins.  If you wish to join the meeting late by phone, please notify Kara Whitman ( ahead of time.

Meeting Materials:
Agenda 2-7-18
3 projects to move forward on for 3
WebsiteContent- SRRTTF

Ideas for possible projects from EO team 1-16-18_
2018 Planning Calendar – E&O

February 7, 2018 Technical Track Work Group Meeting

The next meeting of the SRRTTF Task Force and Technical Track Work group is:

Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Washington Department of Ecology
N. 4601 Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
Click here for a map.

Conference call-in number:  (509) 358-7935
Meeting ID1880


  • Receive and discuss updates; schedule webinar
  • Advise on Comp Plan projects: scopes, milestones, costs, tracking

Meeting Materials:
Meeting DRAFT Agenda: TTWG agn 02-07-18_draft2 (1)
Excel Comp Plan Work Tracking: SRRTTF_Comp.Plan work tracking_for 02-07-18
Ecology-County SVRP PCB Sampling report, final draft, 170503
Scope of Work_GW upgradient of Kaiser 20180205172419737

Ecology News: State Fiscal Year 2019 Draft Water Quality Funding Offer List and Intended Use Plan

Ecology’s Water Quality Program is pleased to announce the availability of the State Fiscal Year 2019 (SFY19) 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 grant and loan dollars to fund water quality improvement projects across the state.

Proposed water quality funding for 2019

Ecology evaluated more than 130 applications from local governments, tribes, conservation districts, other public entities, and qualified not-for-profit organizations. Funding requests totaled approximately $415 million. Ecology is proposing grants and loans for 69 projects totaling approximately $154 million based on the Governor’s proposed 2017-19 budget and federal funding estimates.

The total includes:

  • $115 million in low-interest loans from the Washington State Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund
  • Approximately $27 million in grants from the Stormwater Financial Assistance Program
  • Approximately $11 million in grants from the Centennial Clean Water Program
  • $1.5 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:

  • 20 nonpoint source pollution control activity projects
  • 2 local onsite sewage system repair and replacement projects
  • 1 stormwater control activity projects
  • 20 stormwater facility projects
  • 26 wastewater facility projects

Give us your feedback

A public review and comment period on the Draft List is open until 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2018. Ecology will hold a public information meeting to present the Draft List and discuss the project evaluation and Funding Cycle process.

Feb. 1 at 1:00 p.m.
Pierce County Library
3005 112 Street East
Tacoma, Washington

Please email, mail, 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

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 Capital Budget. Note that the final budget numbers may result in changes to projects proposed for funding on the Final List. The Final List is expected to be published by June 29, 2018. Comments received on the Draft List will be addressed in the Final List.


January 24, 2018 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

The next meeting of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is:

Date: January 24, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 pm
 Spokane County Water Resource Center
1004 N. Freya Street
Spokane, WA 99202

Click here for a map

To attend the meeting by phone:
(509)335-2277, ID 5230244

Meeting Materials to review prior to the meeting:
Meeting agenda:
– SRRTTF January 24_2018 agenda_(V2)

Previous Meeting Summaries –Decision: Accept 11/29/17 Meeting Notes? (5 min agenda topic)
–  SRRTTF 11.29.17 Meeting Summary DRAFT (DECISION ITEM)
TTWG 01-03-18 mtg.notes (REVIEW ITEM)

ACE  Commitment reports: (Informational- short agenda topic)
  Ace commitment report 2017 through 4th quarter
  ACE Commitment report December 31_2017
–  Ecology-ACE Contract for 07-01-17 to 06-30-19

Comp Plan implementation projects—Decision: authorize ACE to develop detailed scopes/schedules based on conceptual scopes?

  ACE contract #C1800094 project planning2 (Project tracking: master table + ACE-Ecology spreadsheet)
  Project Management Process 01-02-18 word doc (guideline for project leads); Project Management Process 01-02-18. reviewed (pdf)
–  High level scope of work GW upgradient of Kaiser
–  High level sow_PCB mass balance in river reaches Plantes Ferry to Nine Mile
–  High Level Conceptual Scope of Work Education and Outreach team 1-16-18
–  Regional PMF Analysis

– Green Chem ideas (Posted late – Monday 1.22.18 – for discussion)
Product Testing budget ideas ; Bio-based ice control article (Posted late – Monday 1.22.18 – for discussion)

MOA & Collaboration: Purpose: address issues related to SRRTTF MOA
–  SRRTTF MOA key guidelines_highlighted

For more information on the Task Force MOA and Previous MOA workgroup unapproved revisions go to:
  TASK Force MOA (approved MOA)
–  MOA Work Group work in 2015 (note, revisions were put on hold in 2015)

Comp Plan Implementation Review Summary (IRS)Purpose: Fulfill Comp Plan condition—Decision: accept IRS for the record?
 Comp Plan Impl.Review Summary (DECISION ITEM)

For review before the February Task Force Meeting (IRS addendum), consider adding the following addendum to the IRS.
–  Implementation Review Summary_Addenda–summaries from technical advisor, facilitator, and workgroups

Phase 2 Funding for Fungi “Emerging Stormwater Technologies”Purpose: Comp Plan Implementation—Decision: allocate $15K for Phase 2 of fungi PCB remediation project?
The Lands Council Proposal for Phase 2 Fungi-PCB project