Stormwater Project Grants
The 2010 Washington State Legislature appropriated over $23 million for a competitive stormwater retrofit and low-impact development (LID) grant program. During the summer of 2010, City staff prepared applications to fund projects currently proposed for construction. On January 18, 2011, Ecology published its final offer list and awarded the City of Redmond grants for three projects totaling $2.6 million. Award of these grants allows the Stormwater Utility to bring these projects forward more rapidly than they otherwise could, and to fund other projects within the capital improvement program.
Bear Creek Center Stormwater Retrofit $631,500
Redmond’s regional facilities plan for the downtown sub-basin includes six projects aimed at improving water quality in the Sammamish River and Bear Creek. Bear Creek is impacted by untreated urban runoff. This project will construct a stormwater treatment wetland between the Bear Creek Shopping Center and the Bear Creek trail to provide treatment of stormwater prior to discharge into Bear Creek. A portion of the trail will be replaced with permeable asphalt. The project will also include an interpretive trail and public education signage about low-impact development and regional/local efforts on retrofitting for stormwater treatment. Construction will occur this summer.
Redmond Way Stormwater Treatment Facility
The river supports a diverse fish population but is impacted by untreated urban runoff. This project, proposed for construction in 2012, will provide stormwater treatment for 263 acres of this basin with a media filter vault. Construction of this treatment facility is coordinated with construction of the Redmond Way Stormwater Trunk that will break ground this summer.
SE Redmond Regional Stormwater Pond D
Evans Creek is impacted by untreated urban runoff from streets and industrial properties. This project will construct a new stormwater detention pond and stormwater treatment wetland at the site of the King County shop on Union Hill Road, thereby retrofitting portions of this area to improve water quality. This project is part of a plan for a series of regional stormwater facilities in this neighborhood, including one that was recently constructed in partnership with King County’s Metro Van Pool facility nearby. City staff are working on property negotiations, with construction planned by 2014.