Storm and Surface Water Public Education
The Department of Ecology's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II permit requires the permittee to include an education program aimed at residents, businesses, industries, elected officials, policy makers, planning staff and other employees of the permittee. Minimum performance standards are provided. See earlier versions of the Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit, Section S5(C)(1) (), modified 2009 and the Eastern Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit, Section S5 (B)(1) (), modified 2009.
The Department of Ecology's NPDES Phase II Western Washington and Eastern Washington permits required the permittee to provide ongoing opportunities for public involvement through advisory councils, watershed committees, participation in developing rate-structures, stewardship programs, environmental activities or other similar activities. Minimum performance standards are provided.
This page provides resources for public education and outreach and sample illustrations. See also the overview page, The Need for Storm and Surface Water Management and the Water Resources and Water Quality page that provides clean water program examples.
Public Education and Outreach Resources
- Clean Water Programs, MRSC - Section on Water Resources and Water Quality page that provides illustrations of city and county websites that provide public education
- Focus on Stormwater Public Education and Outreach (), Washington State Department of Ecology, 10/2007
- Puget Sound Starts Here - A partnership of cities, counties, state and federal agencies, nonprofit groups, and local organizations dedicated to improving water quality and aquatic habitat in the Puget Sound region. Our focus is on the streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, and other waterways that flow into Puget Sound, Hood Canal, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
- Public Education & Outreach on Storm Water Impacts, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Wastewater Management
- Resources for Stormwater Education and Outreach, Washington State Department of Ecology
- Stormwater Outreach Materials and Reference Documents, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NPDES
Stormwater Citizen Advisory Councils
A few examples of opportunities for public involvement through advisory councils are included here.