The Stormwater Management section of Puyallup's Engineering Department has many programs that support water quality, outreach and education, in-the-ground projects, volunteer opportunities, and more. Read through our residential 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.
Stormwater Incentive Outreach Program
Take the online quiz to test you stormwater knowledge: June Stormwater Quiz. Puyallup residents can receive a give-away item for completing the quiz. This activity helps the City meet NPDES Stormwater Permit education and outreach requirements. New quizzes are posted periodically, so check back for new quizzes.
The online stormwater quiz was started in January to help pass the time before our next Stormwater Calendar is published. In August 2017 we expect to have a 16-month calendar available (September 2017-December 2018 calendar), and will return to a 12-month calendar for 2019. The calendars include monthly give-away incentives, just like this quiz, and offer tips on how to be stormwater-friendly at home.
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!
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.
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!
What does it mean to "Get Disconnected" from the stormwater system? 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 by building GSI and using on-site stormwater management techniques.
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.