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Welcome to AWC’s online library of Legislative Bulletin and CityVoice news articles and other updates.

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Jun

2013

MTCA Reform bill passes

Late at night on June 13, the legislature passed Sen. Doug Ericksen’s sometimes controversial Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) reform bill (SB 5296) with large bipartisan majorities in both houses.

12

Apr

2013

Stormwater funding provided in both House and Senate Budgets

Regular readers will recall that providing a permanent and stable stormwater funding program and enhancing the state’s investments on this front has been a priority of AWC this session.

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Feb

2013

MTCA reform legislation

On February 20, AWC testified with positive commentary, but short of full support, on SB 5296.

15

Feb

2013

Stormwater funding prioritization

Sen. Rivers (R-La Center) has introduced a companion (SB 5441) to Rep. Pike's bill (HB 1235) to prioritize state investments in stormwater toward helping local governments meet our permit obligations, rather than the current focus on items that are largely above and beyond permit obligations.

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Feb

2013

Possible new unfunded mandate on stormwater

On February 5, the Senate Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee will hear SB 5324, a proposal from Sen. Honeyford (R–Sunnyside) to require cities and others who own detention ponds and other stormwater ponds to utilize integrated pest management practices for mosquito control.

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Jan

2013

Preservation of MTCA funding for toxic site cleanups and stormwater management

AWC has joined a group of organizations in the local government, business, and environmental communities in a coalition uniting to preserve the dedicated capital accounts used to fund the state’s investments in toxic cleanups, stormwater, and other activities. 

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Jan

2013

Stormwater bills scheduled for hearings

Newly elected Rep. Pike (R-Camas) has come out of the gate looking to help local governments manage our stormwater responsibilities, and has already secured hearings on two bills on January 30. HB 1235 would require the Department of Ecology to give the highest priority for stormwater management funding assistance to local projects or activities that are required by municipal stormwater permits. 

14

Dec

2012

Complete this survey to identify your LID training needs

As part of the final resolution to the stormwater permit discussions in the Legislature last session, the state began to invest in training for local governments and the private sector on how to implement low impact development (LID) standards.

14

Dec

2012

Ecology presenting options on human health criteria in state water quality regulations

On December 10, the Department of Ecology (Ecology) held an informational session on the establishment of human health criteria in state water quality regulations.

14

Dec

2012

House Environment Committee hears from Ecology on fish consumption

The House Environment Committee met on November 30, and Ecology Director Ted Sturdevant and Water Quality Program Manager Kelly Susewind testified for over an hour on their efforts around fish consumption.

9

Nov

2012

Stormwater funding

Recently, AWC staff has begun meeting with various stakeholders to begin discussions about how to move forward on our preliminary priorities of enhanced stormwater funding and a more formalized and stable stormwater funding program at the state level.

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