How was the project funded?
Funding was been provided through a Department of Ecology planning grant and two separate $10 million low-interest Washington State Public Works Trust Fund (PWTF) loans to the City of Ridgefield and the District. The City’s PWTF loan was transferred to the District in association with its collection system effective January 1, 2014. The balance of Phase 1 funding was provided through District capital program funds.
What permitting and environmental review was done for the project?
A number of acts, policies, environmental reviews, and permit requirements were addressed during the design and construction phases of this project. These include:
- National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
- Endangered Species Act (ESA)
- State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)
- Joint Aquatic Resources Permit (JARPA)
- Federal, state and local Wetlands, Critical Areas and Habitat Permits
- Archaeological, Cultural and Historic Resources Approval
- Hazardous Materials Assessment
- Clark County and City of Ridgefield Site Plan Review and Building Permits
- National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Construction Stormwater General Permit
- Utility Permits
- City of Ridgefield and Clark County Right-of-Way Permits
- Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Right-of-Way Permit, Access Break Permit, Franchise Agreement and Lease Agreements
- Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approval of environmental review
- Ecology Construction Approval
- Southwest Clean Air Agency (SWCAA) Air Discharge Permit for backup generator
Can I connect to the pipeline to get public sewer service?
The DCWTS project uses force mains to transmit Ridgefield’s wastewater under pressure the eight miles to the District’s wastewater system. DCWTS force mains will connect the Pioneer Canyon Pump Station in Ridgefield to the new 209th Street Pump Station at the halfway point and again to the Legacy Pump Station at the southern end. Since a force main is pressurized, it does not provide additional sewer connections along the way.
The District has a Capital Program that addresses extensions to the collection system. There are several planned projects in the Fairgrounds area – see our program for the next six years. If you are interested in how to connect your property to sewer, see our step by step process.