Municipal Resource Program

The Municipal Resource Program provides information, fosters collaboration, and offers guidance on new permit requirements and stormwater management solutions.

Business Resource Program

Second in our series of Innovative BMP Videos: Watch this video about this inexpensive, innovative and effective treatment device invented at the Port of Seattle!

Summer Lunchtime Webinar Series

The Washington Stormwater Center is pleased to present a series of summer lunchtime webinars on key topics of significance to municipal and business stormwater permittees, and other community partners.

Emerging Technologies - TAPE

We partner with the Department of Ecology to certify new stormwater treatment devices for use use in Washington State, as well as foster the development and use of new stormwater technologies.

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A Winter Training And Education Forum

Intersections for Action: Stormwater Management, Urban Growth/Development, and Salmon Recovery  

The Winter Forum is a pilot project funded through the Bullitt Foundation as part of their commitment to transform the “Emerald Corridor” into a global model of urban sustainability. The Washington Stormwater Center (WSC), along with its regional advisory team of agencies, jurisdictions and practitioners, is presenting a targeted workshop winter forum on the complex challenge of meeting growth management and stormwater goals while restoring salmon habitat. The purpose of this forum is to work through discussions, charrettes and resources addressing urban problems and three root causes: increases in toxic and eroding stormwater runoff, urban sprawl encroaching on healthy natural spaces, and the decline of healthy salmon populations. The forum structure will blend expert speakers and implementers with resource discussions and table exercises. The forum is designed for interdepartmental teams from local jurisdictions, led by their stormwater managers with city/county colleagues in planning, city council, engineering, economic development, transportation, urban outreach, tribal liaisons and others who can work together on actualizing and using the trainings, tools and dialogue from the forum. 

BACKGROUND: The Washington Stormwater Center is conducting a Winter Forum for teams of jurisdictions. The credit for the foundation of this Winter Forum lies with a small and innovative group of state agencies, cities, environmental organizations and other interested professionals working over the past three years to produce new thinking and approaches for creating a new model for urban sustainability. Spearheaded by the Washington Department of Commerce and the South Central Local Integrating Organization, and working with Ecology and the City of Redmond, two guidance documents (Building Cities in the Rain; Stormwater Control Transfer Program) and a constantly developing Puget Sound Watershed Characterization Project were created. These guiding documents and tools highlight an emergent pathway toward creating resilient cities of the future. Speakers at the Winter Forum will include representatives from local agencies and jurisdictions which have created and utilized tools that are paving the way toward the vision of resilient cities, and will walk Forum attendees through discussions and activities that illuminate ways to approach the intersectionality of stormwater. A new section of the WSC webpage entitled “Stormwater U” will showcase strategies that guide this effort, resources, and preparation guides for the Winter Forum. These resources, webinars, case studies, and more will soon be available on the Stormwater U webpage. For more information, please contact Tanyalee Erwin at the WSC.   terwin@wsu.edu

Watershed Approach to Recovering Urban Streams: Developing and Implementing a Watershed Management Plan

Please join the Washington Stormwater Center for the next installment of our Lunchtime Municipal Webinar Series November 15 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm. This program will feature Steve Hitch, PE, CSM who has been developing Redmond's Regional Stormwater Facilities.

Registration is free. Reserve your spot now.

Stormwater in the News…

Several major news organizations have covered the ecological impact of stormwater recently. A new study advancing our understanding of the geographic distribution and landscape uses affecting mortality of coho salmon spawners in urban streams was published October 18 in the Ecological Applications journal. Stories by the Seattle Times and Washington Post described the new study, as well as previous work on the topic that was contributed to by Dr. Jen McIntyre of the Washington Stormwater Center and WSU Puyallup. Along with researchers at NOAA and the USFWS, Dr. McIntyre participated in a decade of field research documenting coho salmon pre-spawn mortality following rain events in urban streams, summarized in a 2011 article referenced in the publication. Further research done Dr. McIntyre together with researchers at NOAA and USFWS (2016 publication) found that coho salmon spawners exposed to urban stormwater runoff suffered a 100% mortality rate, whereas no mortality occurred in stormwater runoff filtered through a bioretention soil mixture. The joint research into the different sensitivity of coho and chum salmon was led by Dr. McIntyre.The upcoming research into tire dust toxicity to coho spawners will also be conducted by the team as a whole and led by Dr. McIntyre. The new research by NOAA and USFWS expands efforts to predict the distribution of pre-spawn mortality and associate it with land use features making a strong link between rates of mortality and the amount of vehicle traffic in the watershed.

Thoughts After StormCon…

The Washington Stormwater Center joined a large number of City Habitat non profits who participated in this year's Storm Con conference in Bellevue. The conference was attended by an international crowd and was very well received.

Our Puget Sound representative Heidi Siegelbaum shared her thoughts after attending the conference.

Washington Stormwater Channel

Have you visited the Washington Stormwater Channel recently? We invite you to check out some of the videos we have produced! Check our newest video about the Science of Stormwater.

2017 Municipal Stormwater Conference

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A big thank you to all who were able to join us in Yakima for MuniCon 2017

Videos and presentations have been posted… revisit and share! Presenters, sponsors, exhibitors and attendees, this time you don't have to chose just one track, SEE THEM ALL! Videos from the Day 2 conference tracks accompanied with the PowerPoint slides now available. Catch them all as well as videos and materials from our inaugural 2014 conference.

Whether you're new to stormwater and just learning the ropes, or a seasoned stormwater manager who has seen it all; we are sure to add value to your breadth of understanding and experience.

Visit all three great tracks.

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