January Stormwater News

Seattle Public to Hold a Public Meeting on February 12th

Seattle Public Utilities plans to present the results of the soil testing and analysis as well as the results of the community survey on February 12th, 2013 from 6 – 8 PM at the Sunset Hill Community Club, 3003 NW 66th Street.

Ballard New Tribune Article – Ballard Takes the Cake At Polluting Puget Sound


.This is a good description of the problem.  We would point out that 22 blocks worth of roadside raingardens may not be a good fit in an area with poor infiltrating soils, high variability of soils over short distances, and a high water table.  We are still trying to get the raw data from the October 2012 soil testing.

We Commented on Draft Director’s Stormwater Rules Affecting Homeowners

On December 5, 2012 the directors of Seattle Public Utilities and the Seattle Department of Planning and Development  issued draft rules establishing Requirements for Green Stormwater Infrastructure to the Maximum Extent Feasible for Single-Family and Residential Parcel-Based Projects.  We evaluated the proposed requirements and provided comments based on our experience with the unsuccessful effort to apply infiltration-based green infrastructure projects in our Ballard neighborhood.

2012 Directors Rule for GSI      Comments on Directors Rule on Residential GSI_12.31.12