July 27, 2015 09:39

Expected Growth Spurs Stormwater Plan

Although Sequim, Washington, falls below the 10,000 population threshold of the NPDES permit, it is anticipating growth and planning accordingly.

For the first time in the city’s history, a Storm and Surface Water Master Plan is in the works. A draft was recently released, and the upcoming public-hearing process is expected to be smooth sailing. “Comprehensive water management is my career goal, and this city has so many opportunities and multiple levels to work with,” said Ann Soule, project manager and Sequim water resource specialist.

The plan, created by Herrera Environmental Consultants, identifies the measures currently in place, and spells out the actions needed for the city to meet water quality standards on local, state, and federal levels. These actions are split into three tiers of costs, separating short-term needs and future growth. Meeting minimum standards is expected to cost less than $400,000; the next tier, covering likely growth projects will cost $1.77 million; and the final tier is $50 million, and includes a project to secure a water reservoir.

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