Related Resources

In addition to the materials and information provided throughout our website, below is a compilation of online resources to help you with stormwater management. 

Online Resources

Private Stormwater Facilities: Inspections, Partnerships and Assuming the Work

This is the first of two videos, both of which provide an introduction to the operation and maintenance of stormwater facilities on private property. In this video, permit specialists from the Department of Ecology present municipal permit regulations for Eastern and Western Washington. Municipal stormwater managers from across the state share their challenges and lessons learned.

LID on Private Property: Education, Negotiation, and Developing an Effective Work Plan 

This is Part 2 of our video series which provides as introduction to the operation and maintenance of stormwater facilities of private property. In the video... 1. Permit specialists from the Department of Ecology present municipal permit regulations for Eastern Washington and Western Washington. 2. Municipal stormwater managers from across the state share their challenges and lessons learned in developing effective stormwater management of LID on private property.

University of Washington Water Symposium, by Center for Urban Waters - This webpage includes links to presentations and posters presented at the 2011 and 2012 UW Water Symposia, as well as links to archival pages from previous years. This event is a long-running tradition formerly known as the Water Center Annual Review of Research.

Stormwater Services and Information, by King County - As a Phase I Permittee, King County has developed several resources and materials that provide useful reference and ideas for your local NPDES programs.

Pollution Prevention (P2) Resource for Automotive Recyclers - Pollution prevention (P2) means "source reduction," as defined under the Pollution Prevention Act, and other practices that reduce or eliminate the creation of pollutants through. This site offers tips on P2 including:
  • Sources of Potential Pollution at Salvage Yards
  • Need for Action
  • Federal Actions
  • State Actions

ECAR Fact Sheets - Provides informational materials designed to assist automotive recyclers with operating their businesses and managing their wastes in compliance with the environmental laws in Washington.

Highway Stormwater Resources – Hosted on the Izaak Walton League of America website, this collection of links and materials address various topics related to highway stormwater management.


LID Resources and Stormwater Design, compiled by University of Washington - Collection of links and materials related to various LID techniques, rain gardens, permeable paving, green roofs, cisterns, and drainage infrastructure. Great collection of online resources and links.

Finding a Lab to Analyze Stormwater Samples, by Ecology – This guide for Industrial Permittees answers common questions about stormwater testing and provides a guide for finding a lab as well as links to local laboratory listings.

Search for an accredited laboratory, by Ecology – This searchable database will help you find a lab specific to your testing needs.

Hazardous Waste Directory, by Ecology – Looking for a hazardous waste service provider? Select the type of waste you are managing, and this directory will provide you with local companies that can help.

Understanding Stormwater Permitting in the City of Spokane - The Understanding Stormwater Permitting in the City of Spokane publication and web site materials were jointly developed by the City of Spokane, Spokane Riverkeeper, Gonzaga Environmental Law Clinic, and the Spokane River Forum. This guide introduces you to stormwater management needs and will assist you in the development and permitting of your project in the City of Spokane.

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Ecology Stormwater Materials

Sample Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) documents - The Phase II municipal permits require that permittees develop—and annually update—a Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) document to submit with the annual report. This page provides example SWMP documents submitted to Ecology in early 2008 with first year annual reports.

Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations – Ecology-compiled resources and guidance for local stormwater managers implementing permit requirements for operation and maintenance of municipal storm sewer systems.

Stormwater Monitoring - Ecology has developed and amassed several resources and guidance documents related to the monitoring requirements in the municipal permits.

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Public Education Resources

Public Education and Outreach on Stormwater Impacts - Key BMPs and Resources: MS4s developing a public education program should first create a public outreach strategy. BMP information found on this site will help MS4s conduct different activities to educate the public.

Only Rain Down the Drain - This Eastern Washington Stormwater Outreach project is funded by the State of Washington Department of Ecology. The purpose of the project is to develop an outreach program to:

  • Assist with the public education and outreach requirements in the Phase II Permit
  • Develop a consistent message throughout the region regarding water quality and stormwater

The goal is to develop a product that is transferable regionally or statewide that will help residents understand the importance of their actions and how they affect water quality as it relates to drinking water, food supply and recreation. Asotin County received and administered the Grant.  Northwest Media Productions developed the campaign materials.

The Interactive Stormwater Video Model is funded by a grant from the State of Washington Department of Ecology. The purpose of the project was to assist with public education and outreach and provide a consistent message regarding water quality and stormwater.

The goal is an interactive model, demonstrating what stormwater runoff is, how a stormwater system works, and how to prevent stormwater pollution. Quiz questions pop up throughout the animation to test a user's knowledge on information previously presented.

Asotin County received and administered the grant. Northwest Media Productions developed the model, which is available online at:

Stormwater Channel videos on public education and outreach 

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Cost-Reduction Strategies

Meeting a growing number of permit requirements necessitates creative use of available – and sometimes limited – funds. The grant programs and resources compiled here can give you a lead on where money is available, or creative ways to collaborate with local groups and jurisdictions to help one another meet requirements, fulfill activities, and develop programs.

Grant Programs

Water Quality Grants program, from the Washington Department of Ecology - information on the grant and loan programs available, as well as a brief outline of requirements for each program element.

Water Quality Grants Funding Cycle, by Ecology - Information on funding cycles for current and upcomign water quality grant programs from Ecology.

WA State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) - RCO is a small state agency that manages grant programs to create outdoor recreation opportunities, protect the best of the state's wildlife habitat and farmland, and help return salmon from near extinction. Certain activities of stormwater management programs address this agency's mission, and therefore could qualify for funding from some of these programs.

Grant Resources

Statewide Stormwater Grant Writing Workshops - These workshops were presented by the Washington Stormwater Center in September 2012.  Soon after the workshops, presentation materials were archived on our website to make them available to all permittees.

Water Quality Grant and Loan Training Workshops, by Ecology - These workshops provide information on the upcoming Water Quality Grant cycle(s) including information on application process, funding cycle and administration requirements for awarded grants.

If you would like to share ideas and resources you have discovered, please let us know so we can post them here for other jurisdictions to use.

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