Regulatory Process

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit
The National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit was written and enacted in order to address polluted, non-point stormwater runoff. The Permit dictates that Spokane County programs and practices must be created for all new development, ensuring that stormwater runoff is being captured and treated in order to protect groundwater and surface waterbodies from further degradation.

Conditional Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR)
This conditional permit/certificate, issued by FEMA, was required due to the project being located within a designated floodplain. New hydrology for the area and hydraulic calculations for system design, along with resultant changes to the FIRM maps and floodplain elevations were submitted to FEMA in May 2012. The CLOMR was approved in May 2013.

Letter of Map Revision (LOMR)

The CLOMR process is being be repeated and a final LOMR will be issued by FEMA.

Joint Aquatic Permit Application (JARPA)
A JARPA was submitted by mid-September 2013. Multiple regulatory agencies (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington State Department of Ecology, Washington State Fish and Wildlife, etc.) joined forces to develop this application in order to streamline the environmental permitting process.

State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)
Prior to submittal of the JARPA, a SEPA checklist was required and sent to affected property owners, the Spokane Tribes, and the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. The County received a Determination of Non-Significance for the project.

Habitat Management Plan (HMP)

The HMP is referred to throughout the JARPA in order to demonstrate that all aspects of potential impact to the environment have been investigated and analyzed, and were accounted for before and during project construction.