What's New in Stormwater?
The draft outreach plan, comprehensive stormwater management plan, and stormwater management brochure are currently under revision. Public meetings will be held after they are revised. Comments from the public are welcome. For more information, contact Clallam County Department of Community Development at 360-417-2423.
Draft Clallam County Stormwater Public Outreach Plan
Draft Stormwater Management Brochure
Clallam County Stormwater Workgroup Final Recommendations
To provide comment on the Draft Comprehensive Stormwater Management Plan email or contact Clallam County Community Development at 360-417-2423.
Stormwater Public Meetings Held
Clallam County Department of Community Development presented and discussed the draft Clallam County Stormwater Public Outreach Plan and Stormwater Management Brochure at the Clallam County Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday, June 15th, 2011. Staff accepted comments on revisions to the outreach plan and brochure.
Clallam County Department of Community Development held three regional public meetings in February and March 2011 to introduce the Clallam County Stormwater Workgroup preliminary recommendations and to accept comments on the draft Clallam County Comprehensive Stormwater Management Plan.
Meeting Dates and Locations:
For more information contact Clallam County Department of Community Development at 360-417-2423.
Stormwater Work Group Formed
Dear Citizen of Clallam County:
Clallam County's population is expected to increase by 20,000 people in the next 20 years. Population growth and associated development with intensified impervious surfaces will increase stormwater runoff, impacting water quality and quantity, habitat, water resources, and property. The water quality of runoff could be degraded with higher concentrations of petroleum products, heavy metals, bacteria, and sediment. During storm events, increased stormwater quantity from runoff can cause flooding and erosion hazards. Our stormwater management needs to keep pace with future population growth and associated development.
Although currently there is no regulatory driver for Clallam County to implement programs that address stormwater, this issue is one of the main action items of the Puget Sound 2020 Action Agenda and the US EPA. Recently, the City of Port Angeles was required to address stormwater when it became a NPDES Phase 2 permittee.
The County is committed to preparing a comprehensive stormwater plan and implementing ordinances to address stormwater issues. As we discuss options for how best to manage stormwater we will be considering new procedures that will undoubtedly place new responsibilities (and potential costs) on both Clallam County and residents who seek to develop their property. We believe it is essential that we approach this task with the input and wisdom of people who live and work in Clallam County. Therefore, the County has creating a work group of 15-20 people to provide recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners. A professional facilitator has been hired to guide the work of this work group.
The County Director of Community Development, John Miller, stated, "We want to be able to put to good use the volunteer time and energy that members of the stakeholder work group will bring to this process. The county has made the commitment to a comprehensive stormwater plan and developing ordinances. Reasonable regulatory requirements applied in concert with low-impact development incentives will provide citizens with predictability for future development and the environment with protection that has previously been lacking – some of the results of which may need thoughtful remediation as we move forward."
John Miller, Director
and Carol Creasey, Senior Planner
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