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4/9/2014

Clark County seeks public comment on updated stormwater code manual

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Ron Wierenga, Environmental Services
Phone: (360) 397-2121 ext. 4264
Ron.Wierenga@clark.wa.gov

Rod Swanson, Environmental Services
Phone: (360) 397-2121 ext. 458
Rod.Swanson@clark.wa.gov

Vancouver, WA – Clark County has prepared draft language updating its stormwater manual and county code for stormwater and erosion control. The changes are needed to comply with Washington State Department of Ecology’s stormwater requirements.

A public comment period on the draft language will be Friday, April 11, through Monday, May 5.

Public comments will be incorporated into drafts submitted to the Department of Ecology in June. Clark County is required to adopt the code updates by June 2015.

Two code sections require updates:

• 40.385 Stormwater and Erosion Control – Provides protection of water quality through the application of best management practices for stormwater management and erosion control to development and redevelopment projects.
• 13.26A Water Quality – Provides minimum requirements for controlling the discharge of contaminants and stormwater flows to county storm drains, streams and groundwater.

The Clark County Stormwater Manual prescribes how development and redevelopment projects in unincorporated areas must meet stormwater regulations. The draft manual will be a county-specific document that meets all Ecology’s permit requirements.

“Clark County continues to refine its stormwater rules to comply with state and federal regulations,” said Don Benton, Environmental Services director. “This may seem like a cumbersome process, but it’s an important part of what we do to protect our environment from the harmful effects of polluted storm runoff.”

Information related to the updates can be found at www.clark.wa.gov/stormwater.

The site includes:

• Proposed municipal code language updates and summary of changes fact sheet.
• Proposed Clark County Stormwater Manual and summary of changes fact sheet.
• Previous Clark County stormwater manual and link to Department of Ecology requirements.
• Public comment form and fact sheet.

Printed copies of the proposed code updates and a draft of the new Clark County Stormwater Manual will be available for review at these locations:

• Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., Environmental Services, Room 185
• CASEE Center, Building C, Suite 200, Clark County Vegetation Management offices, 11104 N.E. 149th St., Brush Prairie
• Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., fourth floor
• Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C Tenney Road, magazine section

Comment forms also are available at the locations and on the county’s website. Return instructions are printed on the forms.

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