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New planning tool from the WRF

April 28, 2021

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) released the CLASIC tool, which utilizes a life cycle cost framework to support feasibility and planning of stormwater infrastructure. CLASIC helps stormwater professionals, community planners, and local decision-makers understand and weigh the estimated costs, reductions in runoff and pollutant loads, and co-benefits of various planning scenarios as they consider stormwater management […]

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Searchable Database for NEP Projects

April 22, 2021

Looking for what stormwater projects are being put on the ground under EPA’s National Estuary Program? Look no further! The Washington Stormwater Center, as part of its role in the Stormwater Strategic Initiative Lead Team, works with both Habitat and Shellfish teams towards Puget Sound Recovery. This work is led by the Puget Sound Partnership and […]

Puget Sound Recovery
Tools

Boeing partnerships help manage more than 400 billion gallons of runoff in WA

March 23, 2021

When people think of Boeing, thoughts often rise towards the sky, where many of Boeing’s best-known products soar high above the earth. However, Boeing is also deeply interested in the ground and the water that flows on and beneath it. That’s why Boeing invested $1.4 million last year in environmental organizations that support stormwater and […]

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Research

EPA Updates EJSCREEN, Community EJ Mapping Tool

February 19, 2021

EPA released an update of EJSCREEN, the Agency’s publicly available award-winning environmental justice screening and mapping tool. EJSCREEN uses high-resolution maps and a methodology for combining datasets to identify environmental burdens on vulnerable populations. This update is an important refresh of the environmental and demographic data contained in EJSCREEN and enhances the tool by adding new […]

Environmental Justice
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Permit Assistance

King County WaterWorks Grants Available

January 28, 2021

King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division is offering $2.2 million in funding for community-driven projects through its WaterWorks Grant Program, for projects that will help protect water quality, control pollution, and build healthy communities in King County. WaterWorks is now accepting letters of intent the first step in the application process, through February 17, 2021, for the competitive track. Possible […]

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Puget Sound Recovery – All Day Toxics in Puget Sound Workshop

January 19, 2021

Join us on February 5th for an all-day science workshop featuring short talks by researchers including Dr. John Stark and Dr. Jennifer McIntyre, synthesis presentations, and showcases of emerging research projects. This is a free event from the Stormwater Strategic Initiative Lead Team with funding support from The US EPA. Please RSVP to Heidi Siegelbaum […]

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Puget Sound Initiative
Research

Tire-related chemical is largely responsible for adult coho salmon deaths in urban streams

December 03, 2020

Every fall more than half of the coho salmon that return to Puget Sound’s urban streams die before they can spawn. In some streams, all of them die. But scientists didn’t know why. Now a team led by researchers at the University of Washington Tacoma, UW, and Washington State University Puyallup have discovered the answer. […]

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Toxics in Fish- A Strategy Waiting for You

November 10, 2020

 Fixing the past and offering future opportunities  Toxics in fish. How did the toxics get there? What happens to fish and people when they are contaminated? How can we correct past mistakes and pave the way for future opportunities and increase community health? The Toxics in Fish Implementation Strategy is a roadmap for preventing, managing, and cleaning up a range […]

Puget Sound Initiative

Pierce County COVID-19 Vehicle Adaptation

October 29, 2020

When COVID-19 became a part of our daily lives we were all forced to adapt. For Pierce County O&M Division Maintenance Manager Jeff Campbell that meant retrofitting vehicles used by the county to maximize the safety of their workers while allowing them to continue to do their jobs. Here’s Jeff – “When we were first […]

Municipal

A Spill Kit Program Success Story

October 12, 2020

Washington Stormwater Center Internal Cooperation to Meet Permit Requirements According to section S5.A.5.b of the Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit, Permittee’s Storm Water Management Plans shall include coordination mechanisms among departments within each jurisdiction to eliminate barriers to compliance with the terms of the Permit. At the City of Kent, we are always […]

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