The RSPG is an advisory group consisting of local elected or appointed officials from Yakima County, and the cities of Yakima, Sunnyside and Union Gap to oversee municipal staff efforts to regionally comply with stormwater permit requirements.
The RSPG formed in September of 2005 to re-evaluate costs and benefits, if any, to regional governance of stormwater discharge required under a proposed NPDES Phase II permit from the Washington Department of Ecology. With funding provided by an Ecology grant, the RSPG contracted for a Value Engineering report to examine the proposed permit requirements and estimate the cost for each municipality to comply with the minimum requirements of the permit. A follow-up report examined regional savings that could be realized and any extra costs of running a regional program.
Based on favorable findings in these reports, an intergovernmental stormwater agreement was signed in July of 2007, providing a basis for the County to provide regional permit compliance services through 2010 to the Cities of Yakima, Union Gap, and Sunnyside.
The RSPG continues to meet quarterly, or as needed, to keep up-to-date on stormwater permit compliance activities. The meetings are open to the public.
May 23, 2012 at 7:00 PM, Harman Center, 101 N. 65th Ave., Yakima