Meeting in PA on storm water treatment – February 24th

“Beyond The Costly Expenditure Of Buying The Rayonier Tank: It is Time for Port Angeles to Clean Up It’s Wastes”

The City of Port Angeles often discharges raw sewage into the harbor, largely because its treatment facility isn’t equipped to handle both storm water and sanitary sewer flows during heavy rains. The City has proposed buying a five million gallon industrial tank to temporarily store overflows.

The Olympic Environmental Council is hosting a forum Wednesday, February 24, on how the City of Port Angeles can ecologically and financially benefit by looking for existing alternatives to the Rayonier tank for stormwater overflow and treating solid wastes without contaminating the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The organization believes the citizens deserve comparisons in costs and feasibility of handling stormwater and wastes that are better for both taxpayers and the environment.

The forum presentation will cover ways the City can REDUCE stormwater runoff, DETOX stormwater and sewage waste, and RECYCLE both ecologically and cost effectively for beneficial uses.

Alternative methods of handling these wastes will be presented by Tyler Ahlgren and Elizabeth Dunigan. Ahlgren was appointed to a CA Waste Water Treatment Plant Alternative Committee to design a state of the art facility that won numerous awards when it was built. He helped design an environmentally responsible flood control system that was built. He is a member of Victoria B.C.’s Sewage Alliance and is on the Board of Directors for People Opposed to Outfall Pollution (POOP) that moved Victoria to treat its sewage. He is also a member of the Clallam County Dungeness River Management Team and Dungeness Water Working Group–Management & Instream Flow Rulemaking.

Elizabeth Dunigan holds an M.A. in Whole Systems Design. She focuses on how living systems synthesize in ways that are regenerative. She holds a UW Commercial Real Estate Development certification and is an accredited professional by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. She designs healing gardens in hospitals, green infrastructure projects to improve the quality of stormwater, and ecological buffers by applying mushroom mycelium to break down petrochemicals carried by rain on street surfaces. She has been a board member for Groundswell NW with responsibility to implement natural clean stormwater urban green spaces.

The time of the February 24th forum will be 6:30-8:30 PM and held in the Clallam County Commissioners Meeting Room, 4th and Peabody, Port Angeles WA

Sponsored by the Olympic Environmental Council
For more information, contact Darlene Schanfald at

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