Mar 05, 2019

Canadian City Receives Storm Water Improvement Funds

The $7 million will go to range of storm water projects across Vancouver, Wash.

Vancouver, Wash., receives grands for storm water upgrades
Vancouver, Wash., receives grands for storm water upgrades

The city of Vancouver, Wash., announced it will receive more than $7 million in grant money from the state Department of Ecology for storm water improvement projects. The projects will range from improving storm water retrofits to expanding the city’s inspection program for private storm water facilities.

According to The Columbian, the funding comes from the state’s competitive Water Quality Combined Funding Program. The city also uses local storm water utility funds as matching contributions to acquire Ecology grants. Five storm water projects are scheduled for construction in 2020 to 2022.

With an estimated total cost of $1.2 million, the Lower Grand Area storm water retrofit project will install facilities to treat highway runoff in an industrial area. While the area currently is served by post-World War II infrastructure, there are limited drainage systems that provide no water quality treatment. The Blandford Basins storm water retrofit project will provide treatment and flow control within a wellhead protection area and the Columbia River watershed. The project will treat storm water runoff flows and ultimately protect the Columbia River with a total cost of $3 million.

The East Orchards Fourth Plain Corridor storm water retrofit project will retrofit existing dry well systems and use bioretention facilities, among other best management practices, to improve water quality. The estimated cost is $964,000. The Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard also will receive water quality upgrades. The project will build 12 bioretention facilities and use deep tree root treatment systems to reduce pollutants in storm water. The new system is designed to protect groundwater and improve the watershed with a total price tag of $930,000.

Additionally, the city will expand its inspection program for private storm water facilities in the Burnt Bridge Creek Watershed. The expansion will include additional pipe locating, community outreach and technical assistance.