Ballard Pump Station

Review Status

On October 7, 2021 the SDC reviewed the Design Development phase of the project and approved the plans unanimously 8 to 0 with the condition that the planned master planning of the area be brought to the commission when it proceeds. The commission would also like to review the interpretive elements when they are designed. The commission also provided recommendations for further development of the design. This was the final full scope review of this project unless there are significant changes to the design.

Project Description

The Ballard Pump Station is a part of the Ship Canal Water Quality Project (SCWQP), a joint project between Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and King County, to improve water quality in NW Seattle. The project includes a 2.7 mile tunnel for collecting, storing and treating stormwater runoff, four drop structures to provide access to the tunnel, and a pump station. The tunnel will be in the right-of-way for most of its path through Ballard, Fremont, and Wallingford neighborhoods. Currently, sewage and stormwater from Ballard, Fremont, Wallingford, and the northern portion of Queen Anne flow into the combined sewer system, which is directed to the West Point Treatment Plant in Magnolia. During heavy rain events the pipe system is designed to release combined sewage overflow (CSO) into the surrounding waterbodies via several outfalls. On average, there are over 160 CSO events, which results in the discharge of approximately 50 million gallons of polluted stormwater into adjacent waterbodies annually. When fully implemented the project is designed to reduce the frequency of CSO events to 1 per year at each outfall location based on a 20-year moving average. The proposed storage tunnel will temporally store 15 million gallons of CSO during heavy rain events. The stored combined water will then be sent to the West Point Treatment Plant via existing pipes.

The Ballard Pump Station will be located at the northwestern terminus of the storage tunnel, between 24th Ave NW, Shilshole Ave NW, Ballard Terminal Railroad, and two existing parking lots. The pump station will include an above ground structure that is approximately 65 feet in height as well as an underground drop structure that has an approximate depth of 100 feet. The drop structure connects to the SCWQP tunnel and houses the pump stations equipment. The station will pump stored CSO from the tunnel, and it will be conveyed to the West Point Treatment Plant.  The project will also include accessible open space, pedestrian improvements, and improvements to the 24th Ave NW street-end.

October 7, 2021 Meeting

November 19, 2020 Meeting

October 17, 2019 Meeting

January 19, 2017 Meeting

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