Presentation Abstract

King County recently finalized the Bear Creek Watershed-scale Stormwater Management Plan. Bear Creek has impaired water quality and hydrology and degraded instream, riparian, and wetland habitats. The Bear Creek watershed includes several jurisdictions, including two cities and two counties. King County and its partners held several public and technical meetings to receive and incorporate feedback from watershed residents, tribes, non-governmental organizations, and state agencies. King County led the collaborative effort to evaluate existing water quality, hydrological, and habitat conditions, model future conditions based on forecasted growth and development, and recommend actions and strategies to achieve the defined watershed goals. Recommended strategies include structural projects (e.g., stormwater retention ponds, instream habitat restoration) and non-structural programs (e.g., stricter stormwater requirements for development, rain garden and tree-planting incentive programs). The plan outlines a budget, funding strategy, and implementation schedule necessary for the completion of the plan. The submittal of the Plan was a requirement of King County's NPDES Phase I Municipal Stormwater Permit issued by the Washington Department of Ecology.

Session Title

Achieving an Integrated Watershed Approach for Freshwater Ecosystems in the Salish Sea

Keywords

Stormwater, Watershed planning

Conference Track

SSE4: Ecosystem Management, Policy, and Protection

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (Seattle, WA : 2018)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

SSE4-16

Start Date

4-4-2018 4:30 PM

End Date

4-4-2018 4:45 PM

Type of Presentation

Oral

Contributing Repository

Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

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Language

English

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Constructing a multi-jurisdictional watershed-scale stormwater and habitat recovery plan for Bear Creek

King County recently finalized the Bear Creek Watershed-scale Stormwater Management Plan. Bear Creek has impaired water quality and hydrology and degraded instream, riparian, and wetland habitats. The Bear Creek watershed includes several jurisdictions, including two cities and two counties. King County and its partners held several public and technical meetings to receive and incorporate feedback from watershed residents, tribes, non-governmental organizations, and state agencies. King County led the collaborative effort to evaluate existing water quality, hydrological, and habitat conditions, model future conditions based on forecasted growth and development, and recommend actions and strategies to achieve the defined watershed goals. Recommended strategies include structural projects (e.g., stormwater retention ponds, instream habitat restoration) and non-structural programs (e.g., stricter stormwater requirements for development, rain garden and tree-planting incentive programs). The plan outlines a budget, funding strategy, and implementation schedule necessary for the completion of the plan. The submittal of the Plan was a requirement of King County's NPDES Phase I Municipal Stormwater Permit issued by the Washington Department of Ecology.