Sept. 4, 2013
For Immediate Release:
|Contact:||Seattle Public UtilitiesAndy Ryan, (206) 684-7688Pager: (206) 997-5972
|OR||Department of Planning and DevelopmentBryan Stevens, (206) firstname.lastname@example.org
Big storm coming; contractors asked to inspect storm drain socks
Public urged to help clear clogged drains where it is safe and practical to do so
SEATTLE — With a big, late-summer storm expected to bring occasional downpours and localized flooding tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday, builders are being asked to inspect and maintain storm drain “socks.”
“The predicted weather system will not be huge by winter storm season standards, but for a time of the year that is normally dry it will be powerful,” Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) meteorologist James Rufo-Hill said.
Related to the same weather pattern that brought strong thunderstorms to the area last week and record humidity last month, the storm comes at the height of Seattle’s construction season. Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is reminding builders working in the city to inspect and maintain any temporary storm drain inserts they have installed as part of construction projects.
The inserts, also known as storm drain socks, are used on many construction projects to catch sediment not captured upstream by other construction-related erosion control devices. Regulations for the use of the socks include the following:
- Inspections should be made on a regular basis, especially after large storm events. Inlet protection devices shall be cleaned or removed and replaced when sediment has filled one-third of the available storage (unless a different standard is specified by the product manufacturer).
- Do not wash sediment into storm drains while cleaning. Spread all excavated material evenly over the surrounding land area or stockpile and stabilize as appropriate.
- This Best Management Practice (BMP) shall be removed within 5 business days after final site stabilization is achieved, or after it is no longer needed, whichever is longer (BMP E3.65*).If inserts are removed during times of flooding, the builder is responsible for re-installing them per regulations.
Rules for the use of the socks are available at DPD’s website at: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/Publications/Forms/Building_Permit/ (see Construction Stormwater Control and Soil Amendment Standard Plan).
Here’s what Seattle residents can do to prepare for heavy rainstorms:
- Keep storm drains free of debris: Check your neighborhood storm drains and remove any debris that has accumulated. Silt socks protecting the drainage system near construction projects can be a hazard at this time of year. If you know they are a concern in your neighborhood, be sure they are removed before the rain begins.
- Have sandbags on hand: If you live in an area that you know is prone to flooding, consider keeping some sandbags nearby for your own use. Sandbags don’t seal out water, but can help redirect the flow of water and protect property from debris. Sandbags must be used with caution because it is illegal to divert water to your neighboring properties.
- Stay out of the way of flood waters: Play it safe and stay out of low-lying areas during times of heavy rains. If your basement is prone to flooding, stay out of it and other low points until the risk of flooding has passed.
- Stay safe when driving: Don’t try to drive through large puddles where you can’t judge the water depth.
- Contact SPU to report flooding: Call Seattle Public Utilities 24/7 Operations Response Center at (206) 386-1800 to report ponding or flooding problems or a sewage back-up in your home.
One tool that can be used to track locally intense rainfall is Seattle RainWatch. Designed by the University of Washington’s Atmospheric Sciences Department for Seattle Public Utilities, the innovative web-based system provides neighborhood-level views of radar imagery, rainfall accumulation and short-term rainfall forecasts.
Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities, at: http://www.seattle.gov/util.
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In addition to providing a reliable water supply to more than 1.3 million customers in the Seattle metropolitan area, SPU provides essential sewer, drainage, solid waste and engineering services that safeguard public health, maintain the city’s infrastructure and protect, conserve and enhance the region’s environmental resources.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Village Green and DiverLaura team up to Fight Tox-Ick
PHOTO/MEDIA OP: RAIN GARDEN tour of WHITE CENTER followed by UNDERWATER VIDEO FOOTAGE of POLLUTED RUNOFF and a presentation “Don’t Feed the Monster – 7 Simple Actions to PROTECT and help RESTORE Puget Sound”
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Puget Sound needs YOU! Come learn what you can do to PROTECT and RESTORE our local waterways. Become a Tox-Ick.org Ambassador and help us spread the word.
WHEN: July 20, 2013 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Rain Garden tours will be held from 10am to 4pm.
WHERE: Village Green Perennial Nursery – 10223 26th Ave SW Seattle WA, 98146 206-767-7735
WHAT: Tox-Ick Presentation following the Village Green Tour of Rain Gardens in White Center.
WHY: Rain Gardens are a very important tool in the fight against polluted runoff. This tour will give people a chance to learn more about how you can beautify your surroundings while also doing great things to protect and preserve Puget Sound. By teaming up with Tox-Ick.org together we can communicate more clearly the problem of POLLUTED RUNOFF, by not only showing what we are doing to protect Puget Sound, what we are protecting (Video of Underwater Marine life) but also what we are protecting it from (Video of Storm Drains flowing into Puget Sound).
MORE: Tox-Ick.org is a program of Sustainable West Seattle. Partners in this event include Village Green Perennials, Rainwise Program from King County, Sustainable Seattle, Stewardship Partners.
For a complete list of sponsors and event flier: http://villagegreenpn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/WSPermies-poster-VGTG.jpg
June 10, 2013
Contact: Cari Simson
Urban Systems Design
–South Park – Seattle
Roadside Rain Gardens improve roadway safety AND water quality
South Park neighbors and project partners will host a ribbon cutting and rain garden festival on Saturday June 15th from 10am to 12pm, to celebrate the completion of the South Southern Greenstreet, which improves a neighborhood intersection for pedestrians and cyclists – and the Duwamish River.
The streets were narrowed by 8 feet, and four beautifully planted roadside natural drainage swales were installed to capture ~185,000 gallons of annual roadway runoff before reaching the stormdrains, which flow untreated directly to the Duwamish River.
The ceremony will include an action-packed ribbon-cutting at 11am, with the help of residents of all ages and abilities who will walk, bike, stroll, scoot, roll, or skate through the intersection to officially open the street to people. After the ribbon-cutting, the public will be able to take a rain garden tour and learn more about King County’s new RainWise rain garden rebates and grants available in many neighborhoods across Seattle, including South Park.
Polluted runoff, which contains oil, grease, heavy metals, and other chemicals, is the #1 source of toxins reaching Puget Sound. “The South Park “Greenstreet” roadside rain gardens are a beautiful solution, and will prevent an estimated 185,000 gallons of polluted runoff from reaching the Duwamish River and Puget Sound each year,” said project coordinator, Cari Simson.
The four adjacent homeowners supported the project from the beginning and worked tirelessly alongside the project partners to complete the project. The project is funded through a grant from King County Wastewater / WRIA-9, and the McNeill family Plumb Level and Square Fund. Project partners include South Park Area Redevelopment Committee, LDP Engineering, Green Tech Excavation, Go Natives! Nursery, Brian Gerich / UW Masters of Landscape Architecture Design Lab, and Urban Systems Design.
Event address: 1057 South Southern Street Seattle, WA 98108
Date: Saturday June 15th from 10am-12pm
Free and open to the public
VISUAL OPPORTUNITIES: The ribbon-cutting ceremony (11am) will include local neighbors moving through the intersection in various modes of non-motorized transportation to break the ribbon. Spokespeople from the neighborhood and the above organizations will be available throughout the event
More information including photos of the construction process is on the project’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SouthParkGreenStreet
Don’t Feed the Tox-Ick Monster Seven simple actions that can help reduce the flow of polluted storm water into Puget Sound
Please join Laura James Co-Director Tox-ick.org
Saturday June 1, 2013 12:00 – 12:45
Highline Community College MaST Center Located near the Redondo Beach Park
For directions and more information on the MaST Center please visit http://mast.highline.edu/
Polluted runoff from our streets, driveways and yards is the #1 source of toxics entering Puget Sound each year. Many people think that runoff gets treated, but that isn’t true. Each year about 14 million pounds of pollutants flow into Puget Sound, threatening the future of our precious waterway and the creatures that call it home. Don’t Feed the Tox-Ick Monster empowers ALL of us to be a part of the solution by teaching Seven Simple Actions which can help protect and restore Puget Sound and the surrounding waterways.
It is imperative to know how to protect Puget Sound from stormwater pollution, but it is also necessary to know what we are protecting. Stormwater Theater will feature local underwater videos that show both what we are protecting AND what we are protecting it from.
From one of our friends… Go Friends of the Monstorous Root Ball Team!! (we are partial to the name)
Hello friends and neighbors!
When the project is done around 3:30, there’s always a rocking party at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion (food, drink [hosted beer], entertainment!)
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The Tox-Ick team joined forces with Students from Chief Sealth International High school to help celebrate World Water Week!
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