Cities, counties getting funds for stormwater-control projects

March 2011, Vol. 66 No. 3

The U.S. State Department of Ecology has announced the list of 43 cities and counties in the state of Washington that will get a share of $23.4 million to plan, design and build stormwater retrofit and low-impact development facility projects.

The Fiscal Year 2011 Stormwater Retrofit and LID (low-impact development) Competitive Grants grant program was available to cities, counties and ports covered by the state's municipal stormwater permit. The permit requires the most populated municipalities to manage their polluted runoff, which is the biggest threat to Washington's lakes, rivers and Puget Sound.

The $23.4 million grant program is the second half of $54M appropriated by the 2010 Legislature to assist local governments with stormwater needs. It was derived from the state building construction account.

Since 2005, local governments have received $105 million for stormwater needs from state funding and from the federal 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.