Source control is the process of finding potential sources of pollution, then stopping or reducing them before they reach the nearest body of water. Source control includes a variety of actions, such as site investigation and cleanup, business inspections, controlling stormwater runoff and sewage overflows, coordination among agencies, and public education and outreach.
What's happening? New water pollution prevention ordinance
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.
This web page will provide resources to help businesses and property owners understand local, state, and federal regulations. Our hope is that this will save businesses and public entities money and costly cleanup of spills, as well as protect your investments, employees, customers, and our community.
Updates will be made as we implement the new program over the next 6-12 months. Inspections of sites will begin in 2023 and be prioritized by site activities and risks to local water ways.