Tumwater to increase stormwater grant funding to increase capacity


The Tumwater Public Works Committee recommended that the City Council approve and authorize Mayor Debbie Sullivan to increase the stormwater grant funding by $25,000 during its meeting yesterday, April 6.

This increase refers to Amendment No. 1 of the 2021-23 Stormwater Capacity Grant Agreement between the City of Tumwater and the Department of Ecology.

According to the staff report, the Capacity Grant is issued by the Department of Ecology to support the implementation of water quality efforts related to stormwater permit compliance.

Water Resources Specialist Dave Kangiser described the grant, “The capacity grant is a standard grant that we received from ecology [Department of Ecology] to help us meet our permit compliance obligations, and typically the grant goes towards education materials, staff training, spill response supplies, [and] equity index mapping project.”

The purpose of the current revision is to increase the grant funding and extend the end date, which will support the Stormwater Management Action Plan implementation tasks, such as developing an ambient water quality monitoring program and increasing the number of pet waste stations in sensitive areas.

The revision will extend the original end date of the agreement from March 31, 2023, to June 30, 2023, and will change the original total cost of the grant from $50,000 to $75,000.

“The additional funds will be used for a water quality monitoring program that we hope to initiate and then further educational opportunities,” Kangiser reported. We're gonna be working with the school district on a few projects.”

“The additional funds would be definitely welcome.”

Public Works Committee Chair and City Council member Eileen Swarthout adjourned the meeting after the motion to recommend the changes was approved.


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