What's happening? New water pollution prevention ordinance
We are building a program that requires existing business and all publicly owned sites within Battle Ground, to take measures to stop water pollution. This program is a requirement of the City’s Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit that is issued by the Department of Ecology.
Ecology’s mandate will be met by creating an ordinance that requires adoption of best management practices (BMPs) to prevent pollution from entering the stormwater system. When contaminated runoff enters the stormwater system it is carried to local waters.
BMPs that prevent pollution include operational and structural activities such as:
• Covering stored or stockpiled materials using tarps or sheds.
• Regular sweeping and cleaning of material storage spaces and dumpster areas.
• Training staff to understand and take appropriate actions in preventing pollution.
• Construction of permanent structural treatment facilities on property if operational BMPs are not effective.