City will soon break ground on new stormwater & trail project in NERA


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The City of Burien announced on its website that it will soon be breaking ground on a new stormwater and trail project in the Northeast Redevelopment Area (NERA), located north of SR 518. 

NERA is a 135-acre area located between 8th Ave South, Des Moines Memorial Drive, and South 138th Street.

The city’s goal for this is “to transform the NERA from a mixture of vacant, residential, public and small commercial land uses to uses compatible with Sea-Tac International Airport operations and existing and planned surrounding land uses.”

Here’s more from the city’s announcement:

This project entails the construction of new regional stormwater infiltration facilities that will treat both existing runoff from streets and runoff from future development.  There are many advantages of constructing regional facilities, including:

  • being able to locate facilities on land that is conducive to low impact development techniques that have additional environmental benefits (such as the cooling of infiltrated water and increasing its dissolved oxygen as it transitions from ground water to surface water in Miller Creek)
  • being able to develop fewer facilities that are less costly to construct and maintain, and take up less developable land
  • significantly simplifying the stormwater regulatory compliance review and approval process for both the City and future developers
  • having the ability to integrate public open space and recreational amenities with the environmental enhancements

The project also includes construction of approximately a half mile of trail along the Miller Creek corridor and provides the opportunity to educate trail users about the unique stormwater features along the way.

The City is seeking coverage under the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Construction Stormwater NPDES and State Waste Discharge General Permit.  Construction site operators are required to be covered by a Construction Stormwater General Permit if they are engaged in clearing, grading, and excavating activities that disturb one or more acres and discharge stormwater to surface waters of the State.  The permit requires that the entity seeking coverage advertise its notice of intent to seek coverage.  The notice for this project can be viewed at: http://www.burienwa.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2091.

The Department of Ecology is also seeking comments on a separate topic – which is Ecology’s proposed cleanup actions for the Lora Lake site – an area south of SR 518 in NERA.  Information on this project and the comment period can be found at:  https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/gsp/sitepage.aspx?csid=2008.  Despite the overlapping comment periods, the two topics are independent of each other both in scope and in project location.

The City’s stormwater and trail construction project is currently advertised for construction and is expected to commence in February, 2014.  This project is funded through grants from the Community Economic Revitalization Board, the Department of Ecology as well as funds from the Port of Seattle and the City.  Construction should be complete by the end of 2014.

For more information on the project contact:

Maiya Andrews
Public Works Director
(206) 248-5521

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