The Montlake Community Club would like to share two letters that we’ve recently written to officials. One addresses site selection for a potential Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) control project, and the other addresses possible design alternatives for SR 520 construction in Montlake.
Montlake Playfield Improvements?
You may have noticed a recent Montlake.net post about combined sewer overflows in Montlake. King County is currently considering the construction of an underground CSO storage tank that would hold stormwater and sewage during heavy rains, so that it may be pumped to the treatment station rather than flow directly into local waterways. If a tank were built beneath the Montlake Playfields, this would require improvements that would address drainage issues. We believe this would provide a benefit to our community by making the track and field behind the Community Center usable throughout the year.
Keeping the Montlake Market and Gas Station…
Possible design constraints for the SR 520 construction project in Montlake prompted WSDOT to claim that it needs to acquire and demolish the Montlake Market and gas station. One of their considerations has been accommodating existing CSO pipes that flow beneath the SR 520. This is still an open issue, and it seems that a final design likely will be left up to contractors. We have encouraged WSDOT to solicit and consider public input for any major design changes, and to require contractors to do the same. Given the connection with the CSO pipes, we also encouraged WSDOT to collaborate with local agencies and look for opportunities that can meet the needs of all stakeholders.
King County and City of Seattle Committed to the Environment
Officials at King County and the City of Seattle have reported to the MCC that they are committed to complying with the Clean Water Act and Consent Decree agreements with the Environmental Protection Agency, which require control of CSOs to protect public health and the environment.
- King County: CSO regulations and requirements
- Seattle Public Utilities: CSO / SSO Consent Decree
- Wikipedia: Clean Water Act