October 21, 2015 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

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

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location:
Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District Office
22510 E. Mission Avenue Liberty Lake, WA 99019
Click here for a map

To attend the meeting by webinar (presentations only):

——————————————————-
To join the online meeting

——————————————————-

1. Go to
https://wadis.webex.com/wadis/j.php?MTID=m176b2b46eec89b9be1cc90f4cceb4ae2
2. Enter your name and email address.

3. Enter the meeting password: SRRtf102115

4. Click “Join Now”.

For Audio:
Call In Number: 800-704-9804
Participant Code: 34863442#

Please note, the conference call in number will remain open until 15 minutes until after the meeting begins. It will continue to remain open as long as there are callers on the line. If you wish to join the meeting by phone late, please notify Kara Whitman (kmwhitman@wsu.edu) ahead of time.

Meeting Documents
–  SRRTTF 10.21.15 Meeting Summary
 SRRTTF Oct. 21 2015 Agenda_draft_(revised date)
–  
SRRTTF_ComprehensivePlan_WorkPlan_2015_1012_draft
–  
SRRTTF 09-23-15 summary notes_draft
 SRRTTF UWSR data summary 
 SRRTTF Atmos.Dep. 10-21-15 (Presentation)
 SRRTTF UWSR data summary_EAP presentation
 Atmos dep in WA 8-6-15 INTERNAL Ecology memo for scoping purposes only
–  Lands Council Proposal Abstract

EPA Grant Solicitation:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals under the Urban Waters Small Grants program that will advance EPA’s water quality and environmental justice goals. Proposed projects will address urban runoff pollution through diverse partnerships that produce multiple community benefits, with emphasis on underserved communities.
Proposals must be submitted electronically via Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov) by 11:59 P.M. EST on November 20, 2015.

October 1, Funding Workgroup Meeting

The next meeting of the Funding Work Group is:
Date: Thursday October 1, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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

Call In Number: 800-704-9804 Participant Code: 34863442#

Meeting Documents:

Funding Work Group Meeting Agenda

Funding Work Group Meeting Notes

Link to the SBIR Funding program

Link to the Urban Waters Small Grants program

July 29, 2015 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

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

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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

Click here for a map

Call In Number: 800-704-9804
Participant Code: 34863442#

Mark Vincent Presentation: Pigments and PCBs
To joint the presentation from your computer, tablet or smartphone, please go to
For audio, please use the dial in phone number above.

*Please note, the conference call in number will remain open until 15 minutes until after the meeting begins. It will continue to remain open as long as there are callers on the line. If you wish to join the meeting by phone late, please notify Kara Whitman (kmwhitman@wsu.edu) ahead of time.

Meeting Documents:
–  SRRTTF July 29 2015 Meeting Summary (edited 9.22.15)
 SRRTTF July 29 Agenda_revised2
  SRRTTF Mtg Summary 06-24-15 DRAFT
Technical Documents
 SRRTTF_Phase_2_Draft_Report_2015_07_22
 Edit to 2.3.2 Blank Correction 29Jul2015 (Spokane County)
 Update on Scope of 2015 Sampling
 Draft Amendment 4 Appendix B Ecology contract 07-15-15
Ecology Outreach Grant
 SRRTTF Support Letter_Draft 2015 07 21
 7.21.15 update to gross grant concept
EPA Response
  EPA plan for PCBs in response to court order
 Spokane TMDL Notice_of_Filing_EPA Response_to_Remand_filed_7.14.15
 Ecology Response to Questions from EPA email dated 7 May 2015
PCB Purchasing Policies
  EPP Policy ADMIN 5600-14-07_City of Spokane
  ORD C35099 – 06-02-2014 – SMC_City of Spokane PCB purchasing ordinance
  Spokane County PCB Purchasing Resolution

July 15, 2015 SRRTTF Education and Outreach Meeting

Date: July 15 , 2015
Time:1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Location: Spokane City Hall
808 W Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99201 (MAP)
Room 2A (second floor), check in at Security Desk.

Call In Number: 800-704-9804 Participant Code: 34863442#

Meeting Documents:
 SRRTTF Education and Outreach meeting 7.15.15 summary
 SRRTTF Education and Outreach Work Group_summary notes 7_8_15 CONFERENCE CALL
–  first draft GROSS grant info
  July 15 GROSS grant concept Final Draft

 

$229 million proposed for clean water projects across Washington: Opportunity to Comment

OLYMPIA – Grants and loans valued at approximately $229 million are proposed for 165 clean water projects across Washington. The money would go to communities all over the state to help fund much-needed infrastructure projects and help protect water and the environment.
“We’re partnering with local communities across Washington to help fund improvements,” said Heather Bartlett, manager of the Department of Ecology’s Water Quality Program. “It’s an opportunity to financially support communities that might not otherwise be able to afford these projects, and create jobs at the same time. Plus, we are fixing stormwater pollution problems that threaten our waters.”

State financial managers calculate that 11 jobs in Washington are created for every $1 million spent on infrastructure projects. Using this calculation, the funding will support more than 2,300 jobs, with one-third of them as construction jobs.

Highlights of the funding include approximately $145 million to 21 wastewater treatment facility projects. Six of these projects are in communities that qualify for financial hardship status. They will receive grants, forgivable principal loans (loans that do not need to be paid back), and loans with interest rates as low as zero percent. The communities are:

  • Skokomish Indian Tribe
  • Chehalis
  • Winlock
  • Sacheen Lake Water and Sewer District (Pend Oreille County)
  • Kitsap County
  • Oak Harbor

Approximately 110 of the projects would reduce stormwater pollution coming from existing development across Washington. Ecology proposes to share $63.2 million in grants from the Stormwater Financial Assistance Program. A few of the highest-priority stormwater projects include:

$1.5 million to Spokane to install pavement that allows water to soak into the ground, bio-retention swales, and drywells to protect the Spokane River.

  • $466,000 to Walla Walla to install bio-retention basins and remove hard pavement to protect Mill Creek.
  • $461,250 to Port Angeles to add pavement that allows water to soak into the ground to two alleys to reduce pressure on an existing stormwater system, help reduce polluted stormwater runoff that gets into Port Angeles Harbor, and reduce stormwater flow into the sewer system.
  • $533,000 to Fife to install low-impact development stormwater treatment technologies to protect the Fife Ditch and Hylebos Waterway.

Thirty-one projects would receive $8 million to address land-use-caused pollution, including:

  • Nearly $36,000 to the Capitol Land Trust to protect Mima Creek from agricultural activities.
  • $261,000 to improve the health of Frazer Creek in Okanogan County, which was harmed by the Carlton Complex wildfires.
  • $208,000 to The Lands Council for education and outreach with landowners, developers and students to improve water quality in Hangman Creek near Spokane.
  • $105,000 for Snohomish Conservation District to re-forest two streams and a wetland in the French Creek watershed to make the water colder.

Ecology invites public comments on the proposed funding list through 5 p.m. March 15. It will hold a public meeting at 1 p.m., March 4, 2015, at the Pierce County Library, PAC – Processing and Administrative Center, 3005 112th Street East, Tacoma, WA, 98446. Visit our website or contact daniel.thompson@ecy.wa.gov if you have comments.

Project descriptions and proposed funding amounts can be found online, as well as descriptions of where the money comes from.  The funding is contingent on a final state budget. Spending could begin as early as July 1, 2015.

###

October 22, 2014 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting Announcement

Date: October 22, 2014 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location:
Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District Office
22510 E. Mission Avenue Liberty Lake, WA 99019
Click here for a map

Call In Number: 800-704-9804 Participant Code: 34863442#

Meeting Documents
– SRRTTF 10 22 14 Meeting Summary FINAL
 SRRTTF October 22 2014 Agenda_revised2
  SRRTTF 09-24-14 Summary_for approval 10-22-14

Outreach Documents:
–  
SRRTTF Funding Fact Sheet 02-27-13 (Approved)
–  SRRTTF_KeyMessages_v3

Toxics Workshop Documents (2015 Spokane River Toxics Workshop)
–  
2015-Workshop-Purpose-Statement
 Jan 2015 SRRTTF Workshop agenda_draft
–  
Workshop-Planning-Document-Analytical-Session
  Workshop-Planning-Document-Mass-Balance-and-Statistics
  Workshop-Planning-Document-Sampling-Session
 Workshop-Planning-Document-Where-to-Session

Presentations
– PCB related cleanup at Trentwood_Kaiser Presentation

EPA Grant Opportunity

Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant RFP

EPA is soliciting proposals for the management of the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant. The purpose of the grant is to accelerate and expand the strategic protection of healthy freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds across the country. EPA expects to issue a cooperative agreement to fund a single grantee to manage the Healthy Watersheds Consortium grant program and issue subawards on a competitive basis. Eligible applicants for this RFP are non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations, interstate agencies, and inter-tribal consortia which are capable of undertaking activities that advance healthy watershed programs on a national basis. Eligible entities for the subawards include public and private nonprofit institutions / organizations, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, states, local governments, U.S. territories or possessions, and interstate agencies. Anticipated federal funding under the competition is approximately $3.75 million over six years. Proposals are due January 5, 2015

For more information go to http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/watershed/consortiumgrant.cfm

September 24th, 2014 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting Announcement

Date: September 24th, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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

Click here for a map

Call In Number: 800-704-9804
Participant Code: 34863442#

Meeting Documents
–  SRRTTF-09-24-14-Summary_Final
 SRRTTF Sept 24 2014 Draft Agenda
  PCB Workshop Proposal 9-15-14
  SRRTTF-January Workshop Planning input_revised 9-25-14
 Measurable Progress – SRSP PCB reduction activities _short form 9-9-2014
  Task Force Op-Ed 9-24-2014 SRRTTF approved *Final
  SRRTTF Communications Work Group proposal 9-10-14 draft
 Columbia River Fund letter 09.29.14 *Final

Presentations
 Spokane County Toxics Manag. Summary Annual Report April 2014_Presentation
 Draft PCB Chemical Action Plan Presentation_Holly Davies

Water Quality Program State Fiscal Year 2016 Funding Applicant Training Workshops

The Washington Department of Ecology is holding four training workshops for applicants seeking funding for water quality-related projects during the State Fiscal Year 2016 (SFY16) Funding Cycle. The total funding available is ~$183 million in loans and grants from four funding sources. Some details are listed below.

Funding Sources, Amounts, and Eligible Applicants

  • Washington State Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund. ~$90 million in loans with interest rates of 2.4% (6-20 yr terms) and 1.2% (1-5 yr terms) for wastewater and stormwater facility planning, design, and construction projects and nonpoint source pollution control activity projects. Public bodies are eligible.
  • Centennial Clean Water Program. ~$25 million in grants for wastewater facility construction projects in financially distressed communities and nonpoint source pollution control activity projects. Public bodies are eligible.
  • Federal Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Program. ~$1.5 million in grants for nonpoint source pollution control activity projects. Public bodies and 501(c)(3) nonprofits are eligible.
  • Stormwater Financial Assistance Program. ~$66 million in grants for stormwater facility planning, design, and construction and stormwater-related nonpoint source pollution control activity projects. Cities and counties are eligible.

Workshop Locations and Dates

  • Spokane. September 10, 2014; Spokane Convention Center, Meeting Rooms 102ABCD, 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd.
  • Ellensburg. September 11, 2014; Central Washington University, Student Union & Recreation Center, Rooms 201/202 (Ballroom), 400 East University Way.
  • Olympia. September 16, 2014; Red Lion Hotel, Pine Room, 2300 Evergreen Park Dr SW.
  • Everett. September 18, 2014; Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at Comcast Arena, Ballroom 3, 2000 Hewitt Avenue, Suite 200.

Times

The workshops are scheduled for 9:00am – 1:00pm. Refreshments will be provided, but not lunch.

Registration

Registration is not required, and there is no cost.

Questions/More Information

See the complete announcement at https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/SummaryPages/1410040.html, or contact Daniel Thompson at Daniel.Thompson@ecy.wa.gov or 360-407-6510.

July 23, 2014 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting Announcement

Date: July 23, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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

Click here for a map

Call In Number: 800-704-9804
Participant Code: 34863442#

Please note, the conference call in number will remain open until 15 minutes until after the meeting begins. It will continue to remain open as long as there are callers on the line. If you wish to join the meeting by phone late, please notify Adriane Borgias (abor461@ecy.wa.gov) ahead of time.

Meeting Documents
–  7 23 14 SRRTTF Meeting Summary-Final
– 
SRRTTF July 23 2014 Draft Agenda
–  TTWG Status Report 7-18-14
–  LimnoTech Memo Confidence Testing Results 7-16-14 (updated)
–  SRRTTF SAP 7-16-14 DRAFT
  SRRTTF QAPP 7-16-14 DRAFT
–  SRRTTF QAPP Addendum 7-14-14 DRAFT
–  SRRTTF QAPP Checklist 7-15-14
 PCB Annual Report -2014
 PCB 2014 Annual Report Presentation
–  Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force ECTS 8526 Response
  SRRTTF Financial Overview v2
–  Governor Inslee 2014 Budget Request
 SRRTTF letter to Governor_City of Spokane edits 7-23-14
 SRRTTF Letter Governor -FINAL- 7-24-14 *FINAL
–  
2014 Governor Inslee Clean Water Policy Brief
  SRRTTF Hornbuckle Letter Approved by SRRTTF 2-26-14 – SRRTTF 2-26-14 Meeting

Measurable Progress Documents

–  Measurable Progress Definition 07152014 Final Revised Header *CORRECTED DATE*
  Measurable Progress Definition 07152014 Redline final Revised Header *CORRECTED DATE*
–  
Measurable Progress Draft Definition SRSP suggested edits 4-29-14
 SRSP Comment Letter – Measurable Progress Definition 4-30-14
 
Letter to Ecology Measurable Progress Definition 4-15-14
 Response to comments 7-15-14