Stormwater specialists from local governments are working with businesses to help stop harmful materials and chemicals from entering waterways. This improves the water quality of our streams, lakes and Puget Sound.
Pollutants such as from fertilizers, oils, grease or spills negatively impact 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 reducing water pollution.
When it rains or snows, water flows over hard surfaces such as roofs, streets, sidewalks. As the runoff travels to storm drains, ditches and pipes, it picks up pollutants along the way from metals, gasoline, sediment, pathogens and nutrients. Surface and stormwater runoff is the leading transporter of pollution into Puget Sound and our local creeks and streams.
This program requires businesses to take actions to prevent water pollution from sources such as fertilizers, oil, grease, washwater, etc. These pollutants can be prevented from entering stormwater by implementing Best Management Practices (called BMPs for short). This program, mandated by the federal Clean Water Act, will be managed through an inspection program that helps businesses learn how they can prevent water pollution.
All pollution generating businesses operating within unincorporated Kitsap County and the cities of Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Port Orchard and Poulsbo are required to comply with the business pollution prevention program, laws and regulations. Examples of businesses that are required to implement BMPs include but are not limited to:
The Business Pollution Prevention program is a multijurisdictional partnership between Kitsap County and the cities of Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Poulsbo and Port Orchard. These agencies work together on improving water quality by reducing pollutants in stormwater runoff, which are a major source of pollution to local waterways and Puget Sound. For questions, call 360.337.5777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your business is located within the city limits of Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Port Orchard or Poulsbo, refer to that city's code for their specific ordinance.