Stormwater Pollution Prevention
In the rainy Northwest, stormwater is one of the biggest contributors to polluted urban waterways. Toxic runoff does significant harm to human health and our valuable aquatic ecosystems.
Under new stormwater regulations, industries are responsible for their contributions to polluted waterways. The WA Industrial Stormwater General Permit, for example, sets discharge limits on metals, fertilizers, and other indicators of water quality. Increasingly, businesses need a Stormwater Pollution Prevention plan.
What We Do
At PPRC, we focus on addressing stormwater by looking upstream. Instead of focusing on end-of-pipe treatment technologies, we focus on reducing stormwater pollution at its sources – the facilities, processes, and operations that produce the problem.
We have a long and successful history of source reduction, the most effective way to deal with pollution of any kind. Much of our expertise is applicable to stormwater pollution prevention. By looking holistically at businesses’ operations, we address a variety of point sources of water pollution.
We work with many different types of businesses – large and small – to help them achieve not only compliance with regulations, but also model solutions to a widespread and challenging problem. We strive to implement changes that help businesses’ bottom lines as well as reduce their environmental impact.
We are a new face in the stormwater field. We recently received a grant from the Russell Family Foundation to address stormwater pollution at a number of Puget Sound area businesses.
Our current stormwater work involves the following:
- Assessment and measurement of stormwater sources.
- Testing the effectiveness of different stormwater management technologies, systems, and processes.
- Assessing potential for safer chemicals in manufacturing processes and product design.
- Implementing positive best management practices.
- Feedback and re-assessment to work towards continuous improvement.
The Northwest region is a hotbed of research and action in stormwater pollution prevention. Here is an unoffical list of other local organizations and resources that address stormwater issues:
- Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation – Stormwater.
- Idaho Department of Environmental Quality – Stormwater.
- King Country Stormwater Services. Info for the public and businesses on all things stormwater.
- Oregon Department of Environmental Quality – Stormwater Discharge Permits. Guides businesses through National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting process.
- Philadelphia Water Department website on Stormwater Management. Not the Northwest, but an excellent source for stormwater info.
- Sightline Daily Posts on Stormwater. Useful and clear info on stormwater solutions and issues.
- Washington Department of Ecology – Stormwater Program. The regulating body for stormwater compliance. Provides a host of good info on the issue, permits, and stormwater management tips.
- Washington Stormwater Center. Serves as the central resource in Washington for integrated NPDES education, permit technical assistance, stormwater management and new technology research, development, and evaluation.