CURRENT RESEARCH AT THE CENTER

Research is ongoing and vital. Stormwater practices must remain fluid, and change as new research sheds light on new methods of better management or runoff.

A Partnership with Boeing

Boeing is providing a $212,000 research grant and recycled carbon fiber composite material to the Washington Stormwater Center for research work at Washington State University (WSU) to develop stronger permeable pavement.

The donation is part of a larger effort to reduce the flow of stormwater runoff and help filter pollutants from the water.

“Water is one of our most precious resources, and we need to treat it as such,” said Ursula English, vice president, Boeing Environment, Health & Safety. “We are pleased to provide recyclable composite material from our production line to assist in this vital and innovative research. Creating the opportunity to expand the use of permeable pavement is good for the environment and the communities in which we live and work.”

Read more in our "In the News" section.

Moving toward an Implementation Strategy

A team of experts has been organized to develop a strategy for protecting and restoring water quality in Puget Sound streams. It is part of what state and federal agencies are calling “Implementation Strategies” to improve the health of key parts of the ecosystem. [See our earlier story: Implementation Strategies will target Puget Sound ‘Vital Signs’.] Leading the effort to develop the B-IBI Implementation Strategy is the Stormwater Strategic Initiative Team, made up of representatives from the departments of Ecology and Commerce along with WSU’s Washington Stormwater Center.

Read the full article posted by Encyclopedia of Puget Sound Magazine

Stormwater Strategic Initiative Lead

The EPA receives money from Congress each year to help protect and restore Puget Sound. We distribute these funds through grants to state, local and tribal governments to help implement Washington's Puget Sound Action Agenda (the state's Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan required by Section 320 of the Clean Water Act.)

More information on initiatives that are helping the Puget Sound.

Discovering Roof Runoff

Ecology’s Environmental Assessment Program has been testing roof runoff for toxic chemicals as part of the Control of Toxic Chemicals in Puget Sound project. This study was funded, in part, by the National Estuary Program and the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association.
This Roofing Materials Assessment, funded through a grant from the National Estuary Program, provides initial data needed to evaluate whether roofing materials are a potential source of toxic chemicals in the Puget Sound basin. Ecology sampled runoff from 14 types of roofing materials between February 2013 and January 2014.

Read the final report.

The Washington Stormwater Center and WSU are continuing a research project started by the Department of Ecology in 2012-14 to find out what pollutant types and concentrations are found in stormwater runoff coming from different types of roofing materials.  This continuation studies the effects of ageing on the pollutants and also looks at the toxicological effects of roof runoff on three types of aquatic organisms:  invertebrates (Ceriodaphnia dubia), zebrafish embryos (Danio rerio) and coho salmon juveniles (Oncorhynchus kisutch).  This phase of the study began in April 2016 and will conclude in June 2017.

Read the QAPP.

   




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