Low Impact Development in Clark County:
- State of Washington LID Trainings (2015)
- Department of Ecology - LID maintenance and operations - Training Videos (YouTube)
- EPA's webinar series on green infrastructure
Stormwater Code and Manual
Clark County has a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase I Municipal Stormwater permit effective August 1, 2013 through July 31, 2018. The Washington Department of Ecology permit is part of the federal Clean Water Act. Clark County has operated under such a permit since 1999.
This permit, among other things, specifies regulations for managing the quantity and quality of stormwater discharged from the county’s stormwater system to our local creeks, streams, rivers and groundwater.
Clark County most recently updated code and manuals in 2015. The update was a two-year effort and included numerous stakeholders. The current Clark County Stormwater Manual 2015 became effective January 8, 2016. The manual has been reviewed and approved by the Department of Ecology and is considered equivalent to the 2014 Stormwater Management Manual for Western Washington.
Clark County utilizes municipal code to set regulations for local land use, development and best management practices to minimize pollution and disturbances to stormwater in our community. Specific codes for stormwater include:
- 13.26A Water Quality - sets regulations for how to protect water quality
- 40.386 Stormwater and Erosion Control - sets regulations for development related to protection of stormwater
- Title 40 - Numerous Sections of code reference development practices, including the use of Low Impact Development and requirements to minimize impacts to stormwater, including landscaping, parking, and building sections
- Summary of code updates - the Clark County Code updates went into effect on January 8, 2016. Full ordinance of changes is listed below.
CCSM 2015 Errata Updates (v. September 8,2016) - Clark County Board of County Councilors will consider approval of the first errata to the Clark County Stormwater Manual 2015 on in the fall 2016 at the Public Service Center. The Errata will be discussed at the Planning Commission work session on October 6th and a public hearing on October 20th. Visit the BOCC Grid web page for agenda and meeting information in November.
Clark County Stormwater Manual 2015
The stormwater manual is a comprehensive document to guide project applicants and developers through every step related to stormwater planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation. The manual is divided into four books directed to various users.
Note: All books include hyperlinks to references and cross-referencing for ease of use. To ensure cross-referencing works, download .pdf files into the same file folder and maintain existing file names.
- Clark County Stormwater Manual (CCSM) - Introduction
- CCSM Book 1 - Applicability, BMP Section and Submittals
- CCSM Book 2 - BMP Design
- CCSM Book 3 - Source Control
- CCSM Book 4 - Maintenance and Operations
- Appendix 1-I - Site Plan Short Form - This link is for small project developments, such as single-family residential
- Appendix 1-J - Abbreviated Construction Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
- LID stormwater feature signage (.pdf's)
- Stormwater Facility main sign (.pdf)
- Vegetation Preservation signage (.pdf)
- Entire Stormwater Manual (all eight files above) - .ZIP file (68 MB)
- Errata Sheet for the Clark County Stormwater Manaul 2015 (to be developed)
Western Washington Hydrologic Model
Update (March 2016) - From the Washington State Department of Ecology: "There is a WWHM2012 update available for download at: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/stormwater/wwhmtraining/index.html. You would need to download and install both the WWHM2012 Version 4.2.12 and Map Data for this update.
Description of the changes: Version 4.2.12 addresses issues related to generating project reports in “pdf”, the wetland fluctuation report, the water balance report, and the water quality report. This also addresses an issue related to the auto-size feature for the 3 orifice design. These issues are considered a programing bug. According to the version numbering system in use as of October 21, 2015, the digits after the last decimal point are changed for this WWHM update." More information and instructions can be found on the Ecology web page. Contact them directly with questions or comments.
- Clark County WWHM Soils Groupings - 2010 Soils Report
- Washington State Department of Transportation - 2016 Highway Runoff Manual
- Washington State Hydrologic Model - WWHM2012 version
- Clark County Public Works Standard Details - Reference Manual
- Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington - Reference document
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Low Impact Development "Barrier Busters" fact sheets
Waste Storage Area Design - Recommendations from Waste Connections flier
Clark County Stormwater Manual implementation policies/procedures:
- Procedure #1 - BMP feature standard sign placement
- Procedure #2 - Emerging BMP technologies
- Procedure #3 - Full Dispersion to Critical Areas Feasibility Clarification
- Procedure #4 - Easements for Dispersion
- Procedure #5 - Dispersion of stormwater to preserved native vegetation
- Procedure #6 - Emerging Technology - Compost Amended Biofiltration Swale
- Procedure #7 - Roof downspout drywell design
- Procedure #8 - BMP T5.30A clarification
- Procedure #9 - Emerging Technology - Bayfilter stormwater system
Visit our Low Impact Development web page for information about trainings related to stormwater planning, design, maintenance and operations. More >>
- Adopting ordinance 2015-11-24 (adopted code and manual updates for 2016) Underline/strikeout changes (code 40.385 changes start on page 50).
- Summary of code changes effective January 7, 2016
- Clark County Stormwater Manual (November 2009) (repealed 1-7-16)
- Appendix A 2009
- Appendix B 2009
- Appendix C 2009
- Appendix D 2009
- Clark County Municipal Code 40.385 (repealed 1-7-16) Stormwater and Erosion Control