Nov. 21, 2019 King County’s Water Quality Benefits Evaluation

Upcoming Webinar

King County is committed to investing billions of dollars in water quality improvements in the next decade and we want to use the latest science to help us make the right investments at the right time and in the right places to produce the best results. Please consider attending our webinar to learn about the tools King County is developing to provide this technical information to decision-makers and how you can be involved!

King County’s Water Quality Benefits Evaluation (WQBE) will build on past and existing efforts to develop a toolkit that provides transparent, standardized methods for evaluating the pollutant reductions and ecological/human health benefits of water quality projects and programs (e.g., stormwater and wastewater management actions). This toolkit will provide technical information to several King County strategic planning efforts such as the Clean Water Plan and the Clean Water Healthy Habitat strategic plan. The toolkit will include:

· A watershed model to estimate annual loads of approximately 10 pollutants to major fresh and marine waterbodies in King County;

· An optimization model (SUSTAIN) to identify the combinations of potential projects and programs that would provide the most cost-effective pollutant reduction; and

· A causal model (Bayesian network) to compare the relative potential benefit of these projects and programs to key ecological and human/health endpoints (i.e., open swimming beaches, safe fish and shellfish consumption, Chinook salmon populations, and the Southern Resident orca population).

The webinar will describe the technical approaches underway to develop these tools, with a detailed focus on the causal model. Additionally, it will outline the process for soliciting input from regional experts and how you can get involved or stay updated on the project. With your help, we can work to identify and address the greatest threats first and deliver the greatest water quality gains to benefit people, salmon, and orcas.

The same webinar will be offered on two separate days. Please select one to attend by visiting the link below.

· Monday, December 2, 2019, 1:00-2:30pm

· Thursday, December 5, 2019, 1:00-2:30pm

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