Sammamish Stormwater Retrofit Strategy - Invitation for Public Input

Release Date: June 12, 2020

As the City of Sammamish matures, new regulations trigger the need for additional and more enhanced stormwater projects, and the City must balance demands such as protection of watersheds, environment, and public safety with our two most limited resources: budget and staff time. Therefore, the City needs an objective, transparent, and consistent method for ranking and prioritizing potential drainage basins and stormwater retrofit projects.

Currently, City staff are developing a method by which to rank and prioritize drainage basins for future study, design and construction of stormwater retrofit projects. This process is directly informed by existing City goals and direction from State agencies. For example, the City’s Comprehensive Plan includes specific goals to provide opportunities to retrofit existing stormwater facilities and enhance their effectiveness, use drainage basin planning to allocate resources to priority problems, promote the recovery of Lake Sammamish kokanee, and coordinate with neighboring jurisdictions to create regional stormwater solutions. These goals will be top of mind when developing criteria with which to rank potential retrofit projects.

Public input is critical to the prioritization process. As we develop this ranking method, we will provide several opportunities for citizen feedback. This information will be incorporated in developing priorities for our framework. At this point, our intention is primarily informational; the City of Sammamish intends to provide a great deal of background information, resources, and points of contact to help citizens better understand the scope of this undertaking. Later, as the process moves forward, the City will communicate opportunities for feedback and ensure all voices are heard and reflected in the final prioritization criteria. In the coming days, a project site will be established on Connect Sammamish. Please check this site regularly, as it will be home to information regarding future opportunities for public engagement and important project announcements.

 

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Jul 14, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Topic: City of Sammamish Stormwater Retrofit - Public Meeting

 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://zoom.us/j/95622608151