The HBA has been actively conveying feedback to CWS staff throughout the update process for their stormwater design and construction standards on behalf of the home building community. The two phase update process by CWS impacts builders, developers and remodelers alike and the HBA is taking a leading role in determining the new standards.
Clean Water Services recently released draft chapters of their updated Stormwater Design and Construction standards for feedback. Chapter 4: Runoff Treatment and Control was released Jan 6 and Chapter 6: Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control on January 18th. The draft chapters can be found here.
The HBA has convened a small working group throughout the standards update process comprised of HBA leadership and engineers to draft feedback in response to the draft language by CWS. Most recently the group met to develop feedback for the standards language in Chapter 4 regarding Runoff Treatment and Control and will convene again in the near future to do the same for Chapter 6: Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control. If you are interested in participating in the working group or have any questions on the HBA’s involvement please contact James Adkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first phase of updates focuses on the requirements of the new Watershed Based permit that needs to be implemented in the Standards. These requirements include a new 1,000 square foot impact area, water quality treatment threshold and prioritization of Low Impact Development Approaches (LIDA) as the first consideration for water quality treatment. CWS needs to complete most of Phase 1 and have adopted standards in place by April 22, 2017 with some of Phase 1 required by April 22, 2018. Phase 2 of the update process will focus on meeting the new permit requirement to have hydromodification standards in place by April 22, 2019
The next Clean Water Services Design & Construction Standards Update Meeting will take place Thursday, January 26, 9 am – noon at Clean Water Services’ Administrative Building, 2550 SW Hillsboro Hwy. HBA staff will be in attendance and we encourage interested members to attend as well.
This is an ongoing advocacy issue, a previous post related to this issue can be found here.