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Public invited to comment on Kirkland’s Stormwater Management Program

The following is a release from the City of Kirkland:

The Federal Clean Water Act requires government and private entities to obtain a permit through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program in order to discharge stormwater to surface waters regulated by the Federal Government.

For Kirkland, its NPDES permit allows for the city to discharge stormwater from impervious surfaces (like buildings and roads) into rivers, lakes, and streams, as long as the city implements programs to reduce pollutants in stormwater.  The city’s reduction efforts must occur through public education, outreach and involvement, maintenance programs that detect illicit discharge, control runoff from development, prevent pollution, and monitor water quality.  Kirkland’s draft 2014 Stormwater Management Program Plan contains actions the city will take this year to comply with its NPDES permit. Kirkland residents and businesses are encouraged to review the document and submit comments by May 25.

The draft document is available online at www.kirklandwa.gov, search “2014 Stormwater Management Program”, at Kirkland City Hall reference desk (123 Fifth Avenue), or by calling the Public Works Department 425-587-3800.  Comments can be provided via e-mail to jgaus@kirklandwa.gov or via mail addressed to the City of Kirkland Public Works Department, 123 Fifth Avenue, Kirkland, WA 98033.

Stormwater is a significant pollutant source, and the NPDES program and the City’s draft Stormwater Management Program Plan are designed to improve the quality of water in lakes and streams. Kirkland’s NPDES permit is issued by Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) which has permitting authority through the U.S. Environmental Protections Agency. As part of its cleanup strategy for Puget Sound, DOE has used its NPDES permitting authority to issue stormwater discharge permits to over 100 municipalities in Western Washington.  Kirkland developed the stormwater management program to meet permit requirements.

Stormwater pollution results from everyday activities such as driving, land development, and even yard care.  Cleaning up stormwater will involve both reducing the amount of pollution that we put onto the landscape (source control), and removing contaminants from runoff before it reaches local waters (treatment).  For more information about the City’s Storm and Surface Water Management Programs, search “surface water” at www.kirklandwa.gov or contact Jenny Gaus, Kirkland Public Works Department, at 425-587-3850 or jgaus@kirklandwa.gov.  To learn more about the State Department of Ecology stormwater permit, search “Phase II Western WA Stormwater Permit” at www.ecy.wa.gov.

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