You are invited to join us at our second Permitting Tools Workshop on Monday, November 5, 2018 from 1 — 4 p.m. at CenterPlace Regional Event Center in Spokane Valley. This workshop follows our August 8 Permitting workshop. Based on your feedback, Ecology is holding an additional workshop with a focus on the details associated with the Variance Tool.
You may also attend via WebEx by registering here.
This workshop will focus on:
•How to submit a request for a Variance (requires agency rule-making);
•Details about the submittal package requirements;
•The projected schedule for the completion of the rule-making process; and,
•How the variance process affects the permit cycle.
Additional details regarding the agenda will be provided closer to the date of the Workshop. For more information, contact Karl Rains at (509) 329-3601 or email@example.com.
If you would like to know more about the permitting process and workshop information see these links below:
The Department of Ecology’s Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Toxic (PBT) Monitoring Program conducts long-term monitoring of freshwater sediment cores to help characterize the occurrence and temporal trends of PBTs in Washington State. A single sediment core is collected each year from three waterbodies and age-dated in order to reconstruct contaminant deposition profiles.
In 2016, sediment cores collected from Deep Lake, Spanaway Lake, and Lake Spokane were analyzed for up to 209 polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) congeners. Age-dated sediment core profiles indicated the following trends:
·Total (T-) PCB concentrations in Deep Lake and Spanaway Lake sediments have declined since peak levels, and recent concentrations appear to have stabilized.
·T-PCBs were fairly stable in Lake Spokane sediments between the early 2000s and early 2016, but increased in the most recently deposited sediment layer. Current T-PCB levels were much lower than historical peaks observed in the 1960s.
·PCB congener profiles revealed no consistent temporal patterns in individual congeners across sites. PCBs associated with Aroclor sources and resistant to degradation were dominant in all three cores.
The report recommends that the PBT Monitoring Program continue to evaluate how levels of PCBs in the environment are changing. The next sampling for PCBs is scheduled for 2022. Additional investigation into sediment-bound PCBs in Lake Spokane is also recommended.
Task Force members that are interested in providing input are asked to review the QAPP addendum and provide feedback no later than Friday April 6, 2018. All comments/feedback are to be sent directly to James Ross, contact information below:
Urban Waters Specialist
Call In Number: 509-335-2277
Participant Code: 5266916
In preparation for the Budget Summit at the SRRTTF meeting on 9/27, you all have homework! Please scroll down and review the document titled “Activities for SRRTTF Funding Consideration_prioritized by TTWG.”
This document shows a consolidated list of PCB monitoring and control action projects (from longer lists compiled of ideas proposed in advance of the September Technical Track Work Group (TTWG) meeting). At that meeting, the TTWG discussed a broad range of options before agreeing to complete an online survey (after the options had been distilled into an actionable list) designed to provide a rough priority ranking. Individuals from 14 participating Task Force entities completed the survey, including nine of 13 SRRTTF voting member entities. The above mentioned document shows those activities, as ranked by the TTWG.
In August, the Task Force had a brief presentation covering some (Ecology-suggested) of the ideas, but the SRRTTF has not discussed the full list. Please take the time to read the document, thinking about best use of limited Task Force funds, and PENCIL in on it a High, Medium, or Low to denote your prioritization of each potential project. Add any discussion notes you’d like to bring up at the SRRTTF meeting on 9/27, where people will have a chance to advocate for or ask questions about these potential activities. It is worth keeping in mind that by the time a contract for the Washington state funding of $310,000 can be put in place, perhaps 18 months can be used for these funds (which must be used before June 30, 2019).
Please come to the 9/27 meeting having spent some time thinking about these ideas, and be ready to listen & discuss the potential activities. After dialogue on the activities at the meeting, the group will conduct a dot exercise to gain a visual representation, then hold discussion with the goal of reaching consensus on a list prioritized by the full Task Force.
Please review all other decision documents prior to the meeting as well.
Thanks in advance for taking the time to prepare, and see you on September 27th!
Per the discussion at the March 1, 2017 TTWG meeting, here is a list of references regarding PCBs and sediments in the Spokane River. The newer studies contain a reference to where the data can be found on the EIM on the “Publication and Contact Information” at the beginning of the document.
There is an additional dataset of 8 Urban Waters samples that were collected in 2013 (sediment and seeps) which is in the final stages of upload to EIM. I will send the link to download that data when it is ready.
Here is an eclectic mix of all reports that I could find on the publications database on this topic. Some of these reports are quite old and the conditions that they were measuring may have changed (mostly due to clean ups and elimination of the major PCB sources).