History of TAPE

Revising and Re-opening the TAPE Program

In May 2008 the TAPE program was closed due to budget and staffing constraints. With the passing of House Bill 2222 in 2009, and subsequently codified in RCW 90.48.545, the Washington Stormwater Center was created. As part of this endeavor, and through an Ecology grant, a partnership of the City of Puyallup, Washington State University and University of Washington worked with Ecology to revise the application process and restart the TAPE program. The funding enabled the continuation of reviews for existing applicants and the reopening of the TAPE application process to new applicants in January 2011. In addition, the grantees have:
  • Assembled a Stakeholders Advisory Group (SAG),
  • Developed and implemented a sustainable business plan and administrative framework,
  • Selected a Board of External Reviewers (BER), and
  • Updated Guidance for Evaluating Emerging Stormwater Treatment Technologies Technology Assessment Protocol – Ecology.  The document was revised in August, 2011 (Ecology Publication Number 11-10-061).

The Washington Stormwater Center continues to provide assistance to Ecology in the administration of the TAPE program.


History of the TAPE program

In 1999, the American Public Works Association, Washington Chapter, Stormwater Managers Committee produced the document Protocol for the Acceptance of Unapproved Stormwater Treatment Technologies for Use in the Puget Sound Watershed.

The first TAPE Guidance Manual was published by Ecology in October 2002 (with revisions in 2004, 2008, and 2011).

Current TAPE guidance manual

Guidance for Evaluating Emerging Stormwater Treatment Technologies, Technology Assessment Protocol - Ecology (TAPE), Publication Number 11-10-061

Previous TAPE guidance manual (contact Ecology regarding use of these guidelines)
Guidance for Evaluating Emerging Stormwater Treatment Technologies, Technology Assessment Protocol - Ecology (TAPE), Publication Number 02-10-037