|| October 1, 2010
|| Chris May, Program Director
Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management
Phone: 360-337-5777 or
Don Schultz, Road Superintendent
Kitsap County Public Works
Phone: 360-337-5777 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Green Sweep: Street sweeping for a healthy Sound
Port Orchard, WA)-
Kitsap County’s roads, air and water will be a lot
cleaner thanks to a new street sweeping program. The Department of Public
Works purchased two new, high-efficiency street sweepers that remove
significantly more pollution from roadways than older sweepers. The new
sweepers pick up everything from large debris to fine dust. Most roadway
pollutants, (metals, hydrocarbons, etc) attach to these fine particles.
Sweeping up these pollutants before they enter our waterways is one of the
most effective source-control measures we have.
The new sweepers remove far more pollutants than traditional broom sweepers.
They also have exhaust filters that ensure air quality is protected during
operation. Combining street sweeping and water quality enhancement in this
program not only improves the overall appearance of county roads but also
reduce the amount of pollution that enters Puget Sound. The County’s new
water quality street-sweeping program is the first line of defense to
protect Kitsap streams, wetlands, lakes, and nearshore waters from the
potential harmful effects of road runoff.
“This water quality street-sweeping program is part of a comprehensive
effort to reduce pollution from roads and other impervious surfaces,” says
Chris May, Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management Program Director.
“These high-efficiency street sweepers remove pollution near its source,
resulting in cleaner runoff and improved water quality. This type of program
is a proven and cost-effective approach to keeping both the roads and water
Don Schultz, Kitsap County Road Superintendent added “The new sweepers focus
on high-traffic roads throughout the county. The sweeper routes include
shoreline roads and roads with multiple stream-crossings where road runoff
and pollution can flow into sensitive waters. All designated water quality
street-sweeping routes are swept at least once per month,”
What are the benefits of street sweeping?
Street sweepers remove pollutants near their source and improve the quality
of stormwater runoff and help keep waterways healthy. Street sweeping
pollution from entering streams and stormwater systems along
and safer roads by removing more roadside dust and debris
quality through using a filtered sweeper exhaust
It’s also more cost-effective to
remove pollutants on the road before they enter the stormwater system or
You can find more information about this and other programs designed to help
protect water quality and the Surface and Stormwater Management web site