Statewide LID Background History
New municipal stormwater permits issued by the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) now require jurisdictions to use LID for new developments and redevelopment unless site conditions are prohibitive. Public and private sector stormwater professionals working in a variety of fields related to development will need additional training to meet Ecology’s new LID requirements. Although numerous LID training programs exist in Washington, the new requirements are expected to result in an increase in training demand that will likely exceed current training provider capacity.
The 2012 Washington State Legislature provided Ecology direction and resources to develop and implement LID training opportunities for permittees and the private development community. In June 2012, Ecology formed an LID Training Steering Committee (Steering Committee) comprised of representatives from the permittee and development communities, the Washington Stormwater Center (WSC), environmental groups and other state agencies. The Steering Committee agreed to provide direction, input and advice to ECY on the development and implementation of a comprehensive LID Training Plan. The WSC was tasked with developing a comprehensive LID Training Plan under the advisement of Ecology and the Steering Committee.
To identify training needs and current provider services, the Washington Stormwater Center, Veda Environmental, Cascadia Consulting Group, and the Washington State University Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC) (Project Team) conducted two separate statewide surveys aimed at better understanding the capacity of current LID service providers to meet increased demand for training, the level of interest of potential providers to fill training gaps, and the type and level of training needed by stormwater professionals throughout the state. Both of the surveys were web-based and were conducted from November 2012 to early January 2013. The first survey, entitled Statewide LID Training Needs Assessment Survey, targeted potential trainees and received 388 responses. The second survey, entitled Current and Potential LID Service Provider Survey, targeted current and potential providers of LID training and received 87 responses. The results of the two surveys provide important information to the Project Team as it works to complete a comprehensive LID Training Plan for Washington State. Key findings for the Statewide LID Training Needs Assessment Survey are included in Section 3. Key findings for the Current and Potential LID Service Providers Survey are included in Appendix C.
The Needs Assessment Report was a preliminary step towards developing the Training Plan. Initial findings have already resulted in the development of an introductory LID 101 education program to priority audiences, including: building industry members, elected officials, public works directors and other high-level jurisdictional managers, commercial compost providers, nurseries, landscapers, and real estate professionals. Additionally, three existing grants funded through Ecology were augmented to add one-time training elements to the grantees’ existing work plan: LID Operations and Maintenance; Western Washington Hydrology Manual (WWHM); the Eastern Washington LID Guidance Manual. The complete LID Statewide Training Program Plan Report was completed in June 2013.