Stormwater and TMDLs
Interagency ProjectImplementation of Clean Water Act programs to assess waters for impairment and develop cleanup plans (TMDLs) pose substantial administrative, technical, financial, and legal challenges for federal, state, and local agencies as well as stakeholders. Recognizing these challenges, an Interagency Team formed in 2012 to discuss approaches and recommend improvements to Water Quality Assessment (WQA) and TMDL programs in Washington State.
The Interagency Team consists of staff from the surface water departments of Clark, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston counties and staff from the City of Bellevue and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).
The Interagency Project Team compared the WQA and TMDL programs in Washington State to five other states in order to identify potential improvements. The objectives of the project were to:
The report has served as a starting point for discussions with Ecology and EPA regarding improvements in the state’s WQA and TMDL programs. The Team plans to continue discussions and effort toward program improvement.
Steve Britsch, Snohomish County
Jana Ratcliff, WSDOT