Stormwater

Stormwater Management Resources

Any business can make changes at their site to help manage and improve their stormwater runoff, even if they aren’t required to as part of a permit. It can be as simple as reminding staff to avoid putting anything but clean rainwater down storm drains, or something more complex like installing a stormwater treatment system. But how do you know what is right for your site? Or how can you find out what other businesses have done to help manage their stormwater? We have compiled resources to help you:

  • Receive assistance through our Stormwater Opportunity Fund grant
  • Read our Company Spotlights to hear about the successes and challenges of some of your neighbor’s facilities
  • Attend networking and educational workshops

Stormwater Opportunity Fund

The Stormwater Opportunity Fund is available to businesses in the Puyallup River Watershed to help explore stormwater treatment options, provide seed money to demonstrate social and community support for a larger on-site projects, or capital to invest in stormwater education and training opportunities for staff. More information on how to apply for the Stormwater Opportunity Fund can be found here.

Company Spotlights

There are many different types of businesses in Tacoma’s industrial areas that provide products and services that are vital to our economy and our way of life. While the business types may vary, they often face similar challenges in managing their stormwater and meeting the strict environmental regulations. The Company Spotlights were prepared to showcase the efforts made by nearby businesses and to share information on what they’ve found to be effective, or not so effective, in addressing their stormwater challenges. Check back as we will be adding more Company Spotlights in the weeks to come.

Workshops

The SCOI holds in-person workshops and webinars throughout the year to provide businesses with opportunities to: network with and meet their neighbors; gain hands-on-learning through events such as building a treatment BMP, and; hear from legal experts, Ecology, or other inspectors. See our calendar for dates and information on upcoming workshops – including:

  • A BMP Fair scheduled for August 15th, 2018 at the Fabulich Center at the Port of Tacoma
  • An Inspection and Stormwater Facility Maintenance workshop scheduled for September 21st, 2018 at the Fabulich Center at the Port of Tacoma
  • A workshop discussing Air Deposition and possible BMP solutions scheduled for October 19th, 2018 at the Washington Stormwater Center
Technical Assistance

Permitted businesses are regulated for their stormwater runoff under the Department of Ecology’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program.

Click here to learn more.