Public Invited to Comment on Kirkland’s Stormwater Management Program

Comments due March 24

Kirkland residents are invited to provide comments by March 24 on the 2011 Stormwater Management Program which identifies the City’s strategies to engage and educate the public about stormwater management, prevent spills and dumping into the stormwater system, and require development projects to control and treat runoff.  These efforts will improve the quality of water in lakes and streams.  The draft document is available online at www.ci.kirkland.wa.us/surfacewater, at the Kirkland City Hall reference desk, or by calling (425) 587-3800.  Comments can be provided via e-mail to stormwater@ci.kirkland.wa.us , via mail addressed to the City of Kirkland Public Works Department, 123 Fifth Avenue, Kirkland, WA  98033 or by calling a member of the City’s Stormwater Team.

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The Program is part of the City’s compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) municipal stormwater permit that was issued by Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) in 2007.  Stormwater has been identified by Ecology as a significant contributor to degraded water quality in Puget Sound.  As part of its cleanup strategy for Puget Sound, Ecology has used its NPDES permitting authority to issue stormwater discharge permits to over 100 municipalities in Western Washington.  Kirkland is developing a 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 Stormwater Management Program and Surface Water Management Program, go to www.ci.kirkland.wa.us/surfacewater or contact Jenny Gaus, Kirkland Public Works Department at 425-587-3850 orjgaus@ci.kirkland.wa.us.  To learn more about the State Department of Ecology stormwater permit, go to www.ecy.wa.gov and search “stormwater permit.”