Lunchtime Municipal Webinar Series

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

Check back soon for a schedule of our next presentations and speakers.
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Research Reach Out!

On December 5, 2017, the Washington Stormwater Center held its first Research Reach Out. WSC's Research Reach Out is a way to share ongoing stormwater research with communities and organizations who can benefit from that research. Short, sometimes sweet and always relevant!

We will continue to hold these throughout the year, including a research summit in 2018. Many thanks to Erin Ryan-Penuela of the Puget Sound Partnership for her gracious hosting.

Stormwater Research Reachout, 2017:
Dr. Ani Jayakaran: Low Impact Development-Education and Research (PDF)
Dr. Jen McIntyre: Sources of Toxicity in Road Runoff (PDF)
Dr. John Stark: Pervious Pavements and the Toxicity of Urban Stormwater (PDF)
Lisa Rozmyn: Investigation of Toxic Chemicals in Roof Runoff  (PDF)

Lunchtime Municipal Webinar Series

Watershed Approach to Recovering Urban Streams: Developing and Implementing a Watershed Management Plan: November 15, 2017

Redmond's Watershed Management Plan was adopted by its City Council and was developed in partnership with the Washington State Department of Ecology. Redmond's stormwater utility is now in the process of implementing the program. This includes developing transparent tracking systems, detailed engineered implementation plans for select watersheds, effectiveness monitoring development, and regional collaboration on this approach.

The City of Redmond's Watershed Plan had the goals of 1) providing baseline scientific information for evaluating watershed potential; 2) prioritizing the Citys watersheds to identify where the greatest potential for response to rehabilitation efforts exists; and 3) Identify specific tools to rehabilitate priority watersheds in 50 years.

Presentation Materials (1 Slide per page PDF; three slides per page PDF)

Watch the webinar!

Puget Sound Watershed Characterization Project and Duvall’s Watershed Plan: July 12, 2017

  • Aaron Booy, Natural Resources Specialist, ESA
  • Stephen Stanley, Senior Watershed Scientist, Washington State Department of Ecology

This webinar explained what the Puget Sound Characterization Project is, how its watershed planning tools work and how they can be applied by users to assist in the management of watershed resources.  The characterizations’ planning tools are useful to planners engaged in the update of comprehensive plans, development of subarea plans and stormwater retrofit plans.  This webinar focused on the GIS tool, the Puget Sound Watershed Characterization Project, and its use in the Duvall Watershed plan.

Speaker Bios (PDF)
Presentation Materials:
                 Duvall Watershed Plan and Implementation (PDF)
                 Puget Sound Watershed Characterization Project (PDF)
Useful Links:
                 Thurston County Planning.  Watershed based plan for the Deschutes.  Section 3.2 involves application of the PSWC to the Deschutes (PDF)
                  City of Redmond Stormwater Planning.  Chapter 4 involves application of the PSWC to the City of Redmond watersheds (PDF--LARGE FILE)

Watch the webinar!

How to Use Ecological Economics to Quantify the Benefits of Healthy Ecosystems: June 8, 2017

How to value and communicate the benefit of quantifiable ecosystem services of the natural resources we all work to protect, steward and use for our collective benefit. In addition to an overview to Ecosystem Services, Earth Economics will use case examples, discuss accounting methods and how to ask the right questions. Please open the attached overview for more detail.

Presentation Materials (PDF)

Stormwater Decant Facility Design and Planning: July 15, 2015

  • Bill Dowe, Skagit County
  • Jon Morrow, City of Ellensburg
  • Kevin Renz, Skagit County
  • Andy Rheaume, City of Redmond
  • Michael See, Skagit County
  • Justin Twenter, Brown and Caldwell
Stormwater infrastructure maintenance has increased regionally due to requirements in the NPDES municipal stormwater permits. As a result, there is a need for developing new stormwater solids decant facilities or expanding existing facilities, which have been overwhelmed with the increased stormwater infrastructure maintenance. Acknowledging the need, Ecology has made funding decant facilities design and construction eligible for grants and loans. This presentation will provide case studies about local governments that opted to build new, or upgrade existing, decant facilities. Participants will learn what to consider and suggestions on who should be involved in the process, and what has seemed to work well and what didn’t work well.

Speaker Bios (PDF)
Presentation Materials (PDF)

Where Municipal Stormwater Hits the Road and the Salmon: July 16, 2015

  • Lisa Rozmyn, Head of the Washington Stormwater Center’s Business Program
  • Dr. Jen McIntyre, Aquatic Toxicologist.
Lisa will address the multi-dimensional aspects of municipal stormwater and the risks and opportunities stormwater raises for managers. This includes the practical impacts on local fisheries, flooding, erosion and water quality and how Low Impact Development (LID) plays a pivotal role in addressing these impacts. Dr. McIntyre will address more specifically the stormwater impacts on wild coho salmon. This part of the webinar addresses the lethal and non-lethal (but serious) effects on our iconic salmon species which are sensitive to the pollutants carried by stormwater. Jen will also address which LID approaches might be the best at minimizing direct acute impacts to salmon.

Speaker Bios (PDF)
Presentation Materials
     Lisa Rozmyn
          · Powerpoint slides (PDF format, 1 slide and 3 slides per page)
     Jen McIntyr
          · Powerpoint slides (PDF)

Addressing Stormwater Issues Using Conservation District Services: July 23, 2015

  • Kate Riley, Snohomish Conservation District
Partnering with a Conservation District has enabled many jurisdictions to meet their stormwater program objectives and NPDES requirements in a creative and cost-effective way. Conservation Districts operate under state mandate to provide free, non-regulatory services to private landowners, and thereby hold a valuable role in addressing non-point source pollution, including LID.
Known as the ‘boots on the ground,’ Conservation Districts frequently engage other partners like WSU Extension, WA Conservation Corps, community leaders, youths, businesses, and professionals to implement stormwater solutions. This webinar will showcase several innovative projects completed in partnership between conservation districts, cities and tribes in the Puget Sound region.

Speaker Bio (PDF)
Presentation Materials (PDF format, 1 slide and 3 slides per page)

The Art and Science of Low Impact Development Construction Outreach: July 29, 2015

  • Michelle Perdue, Kitsap County
  • Tim Beachy, Kitsap County
When the Manchester Stormwater Park was first in conceptual design, the Project Manager, along with the consulting firm and outreach staff, decided to engage the highly involved and interested community.  A series of public meetings were held to solicit ideas for incorporation into the park amenities.  Clear expectations of the nature of the input and meetings with key local stakeholders resulted in good press and a final design supported by the community.

Target audiences, project impact, realistic timelines, and appropriate communication tools are different for each project.  Kitsap County uses a variety of tools including postcards, door hangers, letters, street meetings, neighborhood workshops, attending their community meetings, newsletters, kiosks, and press releases/media outlets.  Our use of social media is limited and we rely more upon engagement at a more personal level as well as attractive print materials.

Speaker Bios (PDF)
Presentation Materials (PDF format, 1 slide and 3 slides per page)

Stormwater Management through Performance Assessment and Asset Management: August 5, 2015

  • Dan Wrye, Pierce County
  • Travis Nelson, Pierce County
Dan Wrye and Travis Nelson will analyze their experience managing stormwater through performance assessment. For years they have measured rates of compliance with stormwater requirements as well as watershed health trends through their popular and visually arresting Raise the Grade program which uses a watershed approach to stormwater management.

The webinar will address the component parts of their approach including the Surface Water Health Report Card, Drainage Mapping, use of mobile technology, IDDE sweeps, and Homeowner Association Technical Assistance.

Speaker Bios (PDF)
Presentation Materials (PDF, 1 slide and 3 slides per page; Zip,1 slide and 3 slides per page)

Regional Stormwater Monitoring Program & Eastern Washington Effectiveness Studies: August 12, 2015

  • Karen Dinicola, Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Brandi Lubliner, Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Art Jenkins, Spokane Valley
This webinar will explore Washington State’s Regional Stormwater Monitoring Program (RSMP) including Eastern Washington Effectiveness Studies. The purpose of the RSMP is to conduct effective and efficient stormwater monitoring to assess which stormwater tools work best, where and why. The monitoring includes wadeable streams and marine nearshore areas. In addition to providing financial and administrative efficiencies, the program will help develop a pollutant source identification information repository. An important aspect of the RSMP is the significant and meaningful outreach to a wide range of stakeholders, including non-profit organizations, interested citizens, the business community and public sector partners.

The webinar will provide an overview of the program, early monitoring results showing the effect of bioretention on pre-spawn Coho Salmon and the experience of Eastern Washington’s Effectiveness Studies.

Speaker Bios (PDF)
Presentation Materials:
     Karen Dinacola and Brandi Lubliner:
          · Powerpoint slides (PDF format, 1 slide and 3 slides per page)
     Art Jenkins:
          · Powerpoint slides (PDF format, 1 slide and 3 slides per page)

Stormwater Education in Schools: The Drain Ranger Case Study: August 20, 2015

  • Pat Otto, Pacific Education Institute
  • Janet Geer, City of Bothell
Pollution in stormwater runoff is the major source of pollution reaching Puget Sound, including the 10,000 rivers that run into the Sound. What more can we do to inform the public and inspire action?  Come hear Janet Geer and Pat Otto talk about outreach programs designed to reach students in local classrooms to do just that.  This past year in collaboration with STORM and Puget Sound Starts Here, Pacific Education Institute developed Drain Ranger curriculum for elementary and secondary students to teach students about the Stormwater Pollution problem and ways they can help improve water quality in their neighborhoods.  These curriculums address both Next Generation Science Standards and English Language Arts Common Core Standards our state has adopted.  These curriculums will be great instructional materials so students can actively engage in real world solutions to local problems.

Speaker Bios (PDF)
Presentation Materials:
     Pat Otto
          · Powerpoint slides (PDF format, 1 slide and 3 slides per page)
     Janet Geer
          · Powerpoint slides (PDF format, 1 slide and 3 slides per page)

Watch the Education and Outreach video mentioned in the webinar.