Public Roads and Highways

Next meeting TBDThis WSDOT-led subgroup is reviewing transportation best management practice effectiveness study findings and identify new study topics and locations. Contact Shana Piezold to be added to the email distribution list.

This subgroup last met to review WSDOT's proposed effectiveness studies related to runoff treatment from 3 of its maintenance facilities. around the state. The subgroup will be consulted as WSDOT begins to form ideas for its next round of highway runoff treatment BMPs. The subgroup's draft recommendations were discussed at the June 12, 2013 SWG meeting. Final subgroup recommendations were discussed at the September 18, 2013 meeting. The SWG approved and forwarded many of the recommendations to Ecology to inform the regional stormwater monitoring strategy and the draft NPDES stormwater permit for WSDOT.  

WSDOT's municipal stormwater NPDES permit was reissued in April 2014. The new permit includes a requirement to participate in the Regional Stormwater Monitoring Program (RSMP). WSDOT chose among options to contribute to the RSMP pooled funds account for status and trends monitoring in receiving waters, to monitor additional parameters, or to monitor additional sites. WSDOT officially notified Ecology that they will participate by making annual contributions to the RSMP pooled funds account. The permit also includes other changes recommended by the SWG during the public comment period on the draft permit. A more open and inclusive process will be used to define WSDOT’s effectiveness studies. See Ecology's webpage
for more information.

Background: This subgroup was launched at the SWG meeting on May 16, 2012 and formed in the fall as a statewide group. The SWG directed the subgroup to take a holistic approach to defining monitoring needs related to roads and highways across the full spectrum of urban to rural roads in Puget Sound. The subgroup will make specific recommendations as to how WSDOT’s permit-required monitoring should address a subset of those needs. The big picture of monitoring needs should include status and trends monitoring in receiving waters or alternative assessment of impacts of road and highway runoff on biota. It should also include recommended priorities for effectiveness studies and for source control and diagnostic monitoring.

Notes and materials from past meetings are posted below; additional documents including draft monitoring proposals are posted here.

The subgroup briefed the SWG on its progress at the work group meeting March 20, 2013. The final recommendations will be presented at the SWG meeting on June 12, 2013 with approval anticipated at the September 18, 2013 meeting and subsequent delivery of recommendations to Ecology and others.
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