The Old West
I like movies, and one of my favorite genres of movies is the Western. There are several Western story-lines that have been created over the years, but one of my favorites is when the new sheriff arrives on the scene. Maybe the city has been taken advantage of by the local band of thieves, the town gunslinger, or what have you. But the sheriff arrives, and all is well, or so the townsfolk think. Unbeknownst to the townsfolk, their "sheriff" is really somebody who knows nothing about how to keep the town safe from the band of marauders. Yesterday, he was the town coroner or barkeeper, today he finds himself wearing the tin star. Sooner or later, the showdown comes. It is the sheriff against the bad guys, and the townsfolk find out if the sheriff they've put their trust in has what it takes to protect them.
Stormwater suffers from the “Outta sight, outta mind” issue. Once it’s gone from my view, it’s gone, right? Of course we know that is incorrect. Its disappearance from the pavement into a conveyance system is really just the start of the earthbound portion of its cyclical life. Let’s take a look at the various ways that stormwater may be headed once it leaves your site.
First, the Technical Speak
The Washington State Department of Ecology proposes to add a “Source Control Program for Existing Development” to the Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit (Permit) as soon as August of 2018. For those of you with insomnia, you can take a look at the technical document here: The Technical Document. If you'd rather just learn what this means to you, read on.
Jeff McInnis is an engineer who knew there had to be a better way to help owners keep their systems in compliance.