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Stormwater Management Program

Storm drain by Anna Thordarson

The Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) details how the City of Bellingham intends to comply with the terms and conditions of its mandatory, national pollution permit. This permit, also known as the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit,  is required because the City of Bellingham is designated by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington State Department of Ecology as one of thousands of municipalities in the United States requiring a special stormwater permit.

In order to meet the requirements of the stormwater permit, the City is asked to do the following each year:

Public Input

Bellingham Public Works Department solicits comments on the annual report that is submitted annually in March to the Department of Ecology(Ecology). This annual update to the SWMP is mandated as a requirement of the City's NPDES permit with Ecology. Comments may be sent to the Storm and Surface Utility manager by emailing wreilly@cob.org or calling (360) 778-7700. Please include "SWMP Comments" in the subject line of any correspondence.  All comments will be brought to and reviewed by the Public Works Advisory Board. The Board will consider the comments for inclusion along with other recommendations they may have for potential changes to the plan.

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