Kitsap County is building a program that requires businesses take measures to stop water pollution before it enters the stormwater system. This is mandated by Department of Ecology’s Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit.
The Department of Ecology's mandate requires businesses to address pollutants such as fertilizers, oil and grease, washwater, etc., that originate from daily business/site activities, spill incidents, improper disposal, or other indirect sources by implementing Best Management Practices (called BMPs for short).
Polluted runoff from local businesses negatively impacts salmon, orcas, and other wildlife that depend on clean water in Puget Sound, lakes and streams. By stopping pollutants at the source, businesses can make a significant impact in preventing water pollution.
All pollution generating businesses operating within unincorporated Kitsap County are required to follow the ordinance. Examples of business that are required to implement BMPs include, but are not limited to:
The ordinance took effect August 1, 2022.
Kitsap County Code Title 12 Stormwater Drainage
Chapter 12.20.030 Source control of existing development
The ordinances states: