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Economic Vitality Final 10-26-11 -   4.3.b - Timeliness of construction storm water permits - ECY

 
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Economic Vitality Final 10-26-11
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4.3.b - Timeliness of construction storm water permits - ECY
Is Ecology timely in issuing permit coverage for construction stormwater?

 
 
 
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Data Notes
Data Source: Water Quality Permit Life Cycle System and Permitting and Reporting Information System 
Measure Definition: Number of days from the date an application is received to the date a decision is made.
Target Rationale: Target is set by federal regulation.
Link to Agency Strategic Plan: The measure supports the agency objective to "Improve water quality" through the strategic activity "control stormwater pollution."
Relevance: Timely permitting decisions protect water quality while supporting a healthy economy.
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Action Plan: Yes
Extended Analysis: No

 Summary Analysis

  • The average days to issue permit coverage continues to be at or below the 60-day target.
  • The backlog of applications at the end of June 2011 was 41.
    • The increased backlog at the end of June is a result of:
      • Seasonal workload.
      • A focus on issuing industrial stormwater permit coverages that had been held up by a Pollution Control Hearing Board stay. 
    • This number fell to 17 at the end of July and was 11 at the end of August.
  • The number of permit applications processed:   

 

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

FY09

255

151

133

230

FY10

183

118

119

131

FY11

146

76

119

228

 What is a Construction Stormwater Permit? It is a general permit required for any construction activity that will disturb more than one acre and has the potential to carry stormwater to a surface water (storm drain, wetland, stream, river, etc).