Community Involvement

The Stormwater Management Department of Puyallup has many programs that support water quality, outreach and education, in-the-ground projects, volunteer opportunities, and more. Read through our programs listed in the left-hand column for information on ways to get involved in the community, prevent stormwater pollution, and be a steward of the environment.

Puyallup's Rain Garden Program


This grant-funded program supports permit requirements for the City's NPDES Stormwater permit, providing education and outreach to citizens, while supporting reduction in stormwater pollution runoff by promoting the installation of rain gardens, permeable pavements and rain barrels. Read more about cost-share and reimbursement opportunities for residents, as view photos of our past 5 years of rain garden installations around the City!

Visit the Puyallup's Rain Garden Program webpages.
Rain Barrel

Local Source Control


This grant-funded program provides technical support and education to local small businesses on how to reduce pollution in our environment, as well as information on how to be compliant with stormwater, hazardous waste, and other local, state, and federal regulatory requirements.

Fish-Friendly Car Washing


When car wash water flows into storm drains it carries with it the soap, oils, dirt and other pollutants. Remember - storm drains lead directly to our local waterways. These pollutants not only impact our overall water quality, but they hurt the fish and aquatic life in our streams and rivers. Consider using a Fish-Friendly Car Wash kit to keep wash water and these pollutants out of the storm system, and our of our waterways.

Visit the Fish-Friendly Car Washing webpage to learn how to check out a kit for free.

Get Disconnected


What does it mean to "Get Disconnected"? Disconnecting from the stormwater system means keeping stormwater on-site where it originates, instead of letting it flow into our stormwater system. In 2009 Puyallup started cataloging Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) installed in the city to show how all efforts, no matter how small, add up to a lot.

Visit the Get Disconnect webpage to see how many million gallons of stormwater Puyallup citizens and businesses have kept out of the stormwater system each year.

Make Your Mark


Have you seen them? Catch basin markers around Puyallup with our Only Rain Down the Drain logo. These markers remind us that only rainwater is allowed in our stormwater system. Catch basins lead to pipes, ditches, and culverts that all carry our stormwater directly to local waterways.

Read more about our Make Your Mark Program, and find out how you can adopt a neighborhood and mark catch basins by your house!

Citizen's Guide to Protecting Our Waters


Protecting our water resources starts with each person, home, building, and work site. Our stormwater systems do not treat the water, they are simply a series of pipes and ditches that channel that water directly to our streams, creeks, and river.

Visit the Citizen's Guide to Protecting Our Waters webpage to learn more about how you can help.
Clean Water

Streamside Planting


Riparian zones are the areas surrounding our waterways and include native trees and shrubs, providing habitat and reducing polluted stormwater runoff from reaching our local waterways. The roots of native trees and shrubs planted in riparian zones help soak up and filter pollutants, keeping them out of streams. Contact us to find out how streamside property owners can receive free native trees and shrubs for their own riparian planting.
Riparian Planting on Silver and Meeker Creek