In fall of 2007, the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) offered a Fiscal Year 2008 Stormwater Management Implementation Grants Program (2000K PDF) to local governments for municipal stormwater projects that seek to construct conventional or innovative facilities to meet water quality needs and reduce changes to the natural hydrology. Projects that include the following activities were the highest priority for funding:
The City of Bellingham Public Works Department submitted four proposals to Ecology for funding. Out of 64 projects submitted, the city’s Residential Stormwater Retrofit Program submittal ranked 4th and The Art of Stormwater Management submittal ranked 6th, for a total funding package of $661,367 for the two projects. Both projects were carried out over a 3-year period, with a completion date of June 30, 2011.