April 5, 2017 Education and Outreach Work Group Meeting

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

Date: Wednesday April 5, 2017
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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

Call in Number: 509-335-2277
Conference ID: 7775794


  • PCBs in Products: Coherent strategy to tell the story
  • Website Public Outreach PCB/Toxics Interface: Where to from here? (Mockup put together by Kristen Zimmer).
  • Education and Outreach workgroup – role, leadership, meeting schedule, work products?

Meeting Materials:
 Website MockUp2 (1) (Note: still need to change the graphic based on feedback to include all sources, but this gives the general idea)
 Comp Plan e&o Actions_work plan

April 5, 2017 Technical Track Work Group Meeting

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

Date: Wednesday April 5, 2017
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.

Call In Number: 509-335-2277
Conference ID: 2740350

Meeting Materials:
–  Tech Track WG agn 04-05-17-draft (2)

– LimnoTech presentation – Monthly Sampling: SRRTTF_LimnoTech_04_03_2017 (1)
powerpoint file: SRRTTF_LimnoTech_04_03_2017_with CFS

–  Limnotech contract package 2017

Revisiting PMF and Fingerprinting (SOW from Lisa Rodenburg and follow-up)
Work Plan_Rodenburg 5/25/16 , From Lisa Rodenburg 6/1/16

Department of Ecology Listerserv for the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Cleanup and Recent Duwamish Activities.

This Department of Ecology LISTSERV provides information on efforts to control sources of pollution to the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Cleanup site.

Per the Task Force request, below is an example of our Duwamish updates listserv.  Folks can sign up here: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/maillist.html

For folks who want information just about the Pollutant Loading Assessment, they can find info on this webpage: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/geographic/GreenDuwamish/pla.html

If they want to observe the Technical Advisory Committee meetings, these are open.  Folks can contact Joan Nolan (joan.nolan@ecy.wa.gov) if they want to be added to that smaller list.

Recent activities include:

 March 15, 2017 Green-Duwamish Pollutant Loading Assessment meeting for interested parties

Please join us from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Tukwila Community Center Banquet Hall, 12424 42nd Avenue South, Tukwila.  For more information on the Pollutant Loading Assessment, visit http://www.ecy.wa.gov/geographic/GreenDuwamish/pla.html

 Seattle metal recycler fined $64,000 for pollution discharges to Duwamish River

Ecology fined Seattle Iron and Metals Corporation $64,000 for discharging stormwater with excessive levels of several pollutants into the Duwamish River. The company’s monitoring records showed 27 violations of pollutant limits from February 2015 through December 2016. On June 20 and 21, 2016, stormwater was allowed to bypass the treatment system, which resulted in four additional violations. Seattle Iron and Metals Corporation also failed to submit monitoring reports for the fourth quarter in 2015.  The company paid the fine. Ecology’s water quality penalties go to the state’s Coastal Protection Fund which issues grants to public agencies and tribes for water quality restoration projects.

 Site Work begins for the Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station

King County is beginning site demolition and soil remediation work at the home of the future Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station. The station will treat combined sewage and stormwater flows from the Michigan and Brandon combined sewer overflow basins.  Ecology’s Water Quality Program reviewed the plans for this project to ensure that it meets the state’s water quality laws.  Ecology is reviewing the 90% design documents for the treatment facility, conveyance system improvements, and the facility’s outfall in the Duwamish River (where treated wastewater will discharge). King County’s project website:  http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/dnrp/wtd/capital-projects/active/georgetown.aspx

 City of Seattle has begun testing stormwater treatment technologies at Riverside Drive as part of the South Park Water Quality project.

This stormwater treatment facility will treat runoff from the 7th Avenue storm drain basin in South Park. The project is part of Seattle’s Integrated Plan to protect Seattle’s waterways, approved by Ecology and EPA, which addresses control of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and includes stormwater projects.

Rachel McCrea | Lead Water Quality Planner for the Lower Duwamish | Municipal Stormwater Specialist

Department of Ecology NWRO | Water Quality Program | 425-649-7223


Press Release: Columbia River Basin Restoration Act (sent out on December 15, 2016)


On December 9, 2016, Congress passed the Columbia River Basin Restoration Act as part of the Water Resources Development Act, now known as the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act of 2016. The new Section 123 of the Clean Water Act authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a voluntary, competitive grant program for projects in the Columbia River Basin for “environmental protection and restoration programs throughout the Basin.” The Act also requires OMB to establish a cross-cut budget. The Act does not provide an appropriation at this time.

As of 12/15/2016, the WIIN Act of 2016 has not yet been signed by the President.

This Legislation is a result of the great work and collaboration of the Columbia River Toxics Reduction Working Group over the years to develop a basin wide toxics reduction and assessment work effort building off successful toxic reduction work efforts accomplished to date including: monitoring water quality, agricultural practices to reduce toxics, green infrastructure, certification programs such as Salmon Safe, increasing green chemistry, public education, pharmaceutical collections, legacy pesticide collections, and clean-up of contaminated sites. The Act calls for the formal creation of a Columbia River Restoration Working Group, there is a formal process identified in the Act that would need to be developed and implemented.

First introduced in 2010, this Act is the first legislation to officially designate the national importance of Columbia River Basin restoration. We hope to have a Working Group meeting in early 2017 to celebrate this great success.

Here is a link to WIIN: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2469/text

Here is recent press on this legislation:





Please forward all inquiries to poland.melody@epa.gov or soscia.marylou@epa.gov.

March 23, 2017 Funding Work Group Meeting

The next meeting of the Funding Work Group is:

Date: March 23, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 pm

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

Click here for a map

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the draft version of the revised Funding Strategy.

Meeting Materials:

Funding concepts Rev 021415R1

If you would like to attend by telephone, please notify Adriane Borgias before noon on March 23, 2017 for a conference call link.

Contact Information: (abor461@ecy.wa.gov) or (509) 329-3515

March 22, 2017 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

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

Date: March 22, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm

Spokane County Water Resource Center
1004 N. Freya Street
Spokane, WA 99202

Click here for a map

Call In Number: 509-335-2277
Participant Code: 5266916

Meeting Materials:
–  SRRTTF March 22_2017 Agenda_draft_revised

SRRTTF 2.22.17 Summary Notes_DRAFT
 TTWG 3.1.17 summary notes 
 Ace Commitment Report_for March 2017 TF meeting
  Draft_SOW_for_2017_SRRTTF_Technical_Activities _03-15-17
 Data driven project efforts d2_3-2-17
–  Control-Actions_Work-Plan-Tracking
  Logic Flow_Comp Plan

Lake Spokane Association Newsletter: March 2017

The Lake Spokane Association Annual Meeting is scheduled for March 22, 2017 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Lakeside Middle School. The Lake Spokane Association invites its members and prospective members interested in preserving and protecting our lake to enjoy a special feature presentation by Spokane’s own WDFW manager, Chris Donley.

Lake Spokane Association Newsletter -March 2017