Update to Stormwater Manual for Eastern Washington- Kickoff meeting January 8, 2016

The Department of Ecology is supporting the effort to update the Stormwater Management Manual for Eastern Washington (2004).

A kick-off meeting to begin this discussion will be held January 8, 2016 at the Moses Lake Fire Dept. (701 E. 3rd Ave, Moses Lake WA) from 9:30-2.


9:30:      Welcome & Introductions
9:45:      Initial discussion on what needs to be updated in the EWA SW Manual
11:00:    Process going forward
– Steering committee
– project timeline
– EWA Listserv to share meeting invites/project info
12-1:      LUNCH on your own
1-2:        Wrap-up if needed

For more information please contact Abbey Stockwell | Senior Municipal Stormwater Specialist |WA Department of Ecology – Water Quality  Program|PO Box 47600 Olympia, WA 98504-7600 |360.407.7221|abbey.stockwell@ecy.wa.gov|

New construction stormwater permit going into effect

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Ecology finalized changes to its water quality permit that covers approximately 2,000 construction sites across the state and helps prevent muddy runoff when it rains.
Muddy runoff is a pollution problem when it reaches downstream waters, either directly or through stormwater drains. Sediment and minerals in muddy runoff can harm aquatic life and fish habitat, feed plant growth, and contribute to algae blooms that deplete oxygen in water.
Changes to the permit are minor, but include:
·       Required electronic submittal of the permit application.
·       Special protections for areas that will be used for low-impact development.
“This permit is an important tool in helping us prevent pollution as land is developed. The updates we’ve made are in keeping with our transition to e-business goals,” said Heather Bartlett, manager of Ecology’s Water Quality Program.
The updated permit goes into effect Jan. 1, 2016. Find out more by visiting Ecology’s website.

December 2, 2015 Technical Track Work Group Meeting

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

Date: Wednesday December 2, 2015
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: 800-704-9804 Participant Code: 34863442#

Meeting Documents:
Tech Track WG agn 12-02-15 draft
Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force_glossary 11.24.15
Spokane County comments on supplemental docs Aug 2014 sampling 151112 (2014 synoptic study LimnoTech Supplemental Docs located here)
 City of Spokane Stormwater Flow and PCB load Estimate Jeff D 11-12-2015
–  SRRTTF 2016 Workshop Concepts d3 11-10-15
 SRRTTF_LimnoTech_TTWG_12_02_2015 (Dave Dilks Presentation)


Summary of EAP’s recent analysis of the stormwater PCB data collected by the City of Spokane (2012-2014)

From Will Hobbs (Ecology, Environmental Assessment Program, EAP) 

Below is a memo which summarizes Will Hobb’s recent analysis of the stormwater PCB data collected by the City of Spokane (2012-2014). The origin of this analysis was from discussions at a Task Force meeting this past summer, where EAP volunteered to look at the PCB contributions of stormwater to the Spokane River using the City’s recent data. Will also compared this data to previous sample events by Ecology. However, it should be noted that both grab samples (Ecology) and composite samples (City of Spokane) had to be used in the analysis in order to have enough data; this obviously introduces some bias. This memo is informal and aimed at encouraging discussion prior to planning any “wet weather” sampling on the Spokane River and City of Spokane drainage basins.


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


Announcement: Spokane Green Solutions Seminar

Registration open for the Spokane Green Solutions Seminar on Oct. 24
You’re invited to join a discussion of green infrastructure, sustainable site design, & stormwater management. Learn why this is important, see examples from around the community, and get practical tips on how to incorporate these ideas in projects. Cost is $40. Register at http://spokanegreensolutions.brownpapertickets.com/. Proceeds benefit the Spokane Riverkeeper.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 24
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Spokane City Hall
Location: Council Chambers, Lower Level,
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

Organizing Committee: Spokane Riverkeeper, AHBL, URS, Spokane River Forum, Spokane County Conservation District, Spokane County, Spokane Parks Department, Community Volunteers, and City of Spokane.

Media Release: Green Solutions Seminar Planned for Thursday, Oct. 24


Members of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force are invited to three upcoming meetings with the Center for Environmental Research, Education & Outreach (CEREO) to discuss possible areas of research collaboration.

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013:
Air Quality Modeling
(View Agenda)
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Location: WSU Lighty Student Services Building, Room 401
Pullman, WA 99164

BioChar (View Agenda)
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: WSU Lighty Student Services Building, Room 401
Pullman, WA 99164

Friday, Sept. 20, 2013:
(View Agenda)
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: WSU Bryan Hall, Room 304
Pullman, WA 99164

If you are interested in attending any of these meetings, please notify Aubri Denevan (aubriw@uw.edu), Adriane Borgias (abor461@ecy.wa.gov) and Chris Page (c.page@wsu.edu), by Monday, September 9.

March 26, 2012 Technical Track Work Group Meeting

Click on the links below to access the meeting materials from the SRRTTF Technical Track Workgroup Meeting held on March 26, 2012.

Summary Notes TTWG Meeting March 26 2012

Workshop Planning Documents for Presentation to SRRTTF

Work Group Report Out Presentation

Pareto Analysis Results

Sessions Layout

Workshop Planning Document Aerial Deposition

Workshop Planning Document Other Watersheds

Workshop Planning Document Source Identification

Workshop Planning Document Spokane River Ecology Data

Workshop Planning Document Stormwater


State Literature Review: Toxics Atmospheric Deposition in Eastern Washington

At the request of Ecology’s Eastern Regional Office Water Quality Program, a literature review was conducted to determine possible contributions of air deposition to the loading of toxic chemicals to urban stormwater and wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in Eastern Washington. This includes model ranges of percent loading contribution of PCBs to the City of Spokane stormwater.

Toxics Atmospheric Deposition in Eastern Washington: State Literature Review