County council approves Clark County Stormwater and Manual update

Vancouver, WA – November 25, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The Board of County Councilors unanimously approved the county’s stormwater and code manual update today during a scheduled consent agenda meeting.

The Clark County Stormwater Manual and Code is required to be updated every five years under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit issued by the Washington State Department of Ecology.

The major update to the manual is a mandate for developers to use low-impact development techniques, which helps reestablish natural conditions where water soaks into the ground onsite as opposed to runoff, which carries pollutants into waterways.

“Ensuring developers use low impact development will help safeguard our streams, rivers and lakes from chemical and bacterial runoff,” said Don Benton, Environmental Services director.

The three-year update project entailed rewriting the stormwater code Chapter 40.386, creating a new stormwater manual and revising development regulations to remove barriers to low-impact development practices.

More than 80 public meetings were held to review update processes, technical data and design information to ensure compliance with state regulations.

“The Clean Water staff has worked incredibly hard to get this update completed,” said Benton. “The unanimous approval by the Board of County Councilors reflects the great work these folks have put in. I couldn’t be more proud of my team.”

For a copy of the new stormwater manual, please visit
www.clark.wa.gov/environment/stormwater/management/code.html

Contact
Don Benton, Environmental Services
Phone: (360) 397-2121 ext. 4264

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