333 S. Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371 - 253-841-4321

City of Puyallup

Stormwater Management

Stormwater Management is part of Puyallup's Public Works Engineering Division, managing the City's NPDES Municipal Stormwater Permit, implementing stormwater-related capital projects, and providing technical assistance to other City Departments. The Stormwater Management section implements programs and projects in the city to meet our permit requirements including managing the city's stormwater and supporting water quality in our local waterways. 

To view the current NPDES requirements and associated reports, please view the Clean Water & NPDES page.

Read about the Stormwater section's current projects and programs to learn more, and please do your part to help preserve the quality of our water and the environment. Take a look at Puyallup's rain gardens or the Citizen's Guide to Protecting Our Waters page to see how every citizen can do their part to help.              

Current Programs

Streamside Planting Program

Streamside property owners can support water quality in our local waterways by planting native trees and shrubs on their stream banks. Riparian zones are the vegetated areas next to streams and rivers that creates wildlife and fish habitat as well as provide shade to the waters, and help capture and filter stormwater runoff.

Join the City's Streamside Planting program and receive FREE native plants and planning support to design your riparian area. Contact Joy via email, or call 253-841-5549 to learn more.

Rainwater Harvesting with Puyallup's Rain Garden Program

Puyallup's Rain Garden Program promotes rain gardens, permeable pavements, and rain barrel installations in the City by offering cost-share and reimbursement options to residents. In the program, approved participants can received up to a $125 reimbursement for a new rain barrel. View the brochure for more information on the rain barrel reimbursement opportunity or visit the Puyallup Rain Garden Program web page for full details on the Rain Garden Program.

Please visit the City's Calendar page to read about general City Events.

Puyallup Stormwater

Meeker Creek Channel Restoration Construction

Council awarded a contract for construction of the Meeker Creek Channel Restoration project to the low-bidder: LKE Corporation during the 04/21/2015 Council Meeting. Construction is expected to begin in early May. Connection of the new creek channel will not be done until the July 15-August 31 in-water work window. Work leading up to channel connection (and after connection) will include: flood plain excavation, stormwater device installation, cul-de-sac construction (for access to stormwater device manholes ONLY), riparian planting, fence installation, and more.

If you would like to volunteer to help with planting of the riparian area this fall, after construction of the stream channel, please contact Melissa Buckingham with Pierce Conservation District at MelissaB@piercecountyCD.org. PCD is partnering with the City of this project to provide planting expertise as well as pass through funds received by PCD to support planting of this project.

Clarks Creeks 2015 Projects

Visit our project pages for up-to-date information on the Clarks Creek Elodea Removal (DASH) and the Sediment Removal Demonstration.

Large Woody Material + Streams = Good for fish

"While it may seem counterintuitive, adding large woody material (LWM) , including whole trees, limbed logs and rootwads, to forest streams can provide many benefits to fish". Read through an interesting article from the National Forest Foundation on the benefits of LWM in streams: http://www.nationalforests.org/blog/7-reasons-why-fish-need-wood.

Riparian Planting Video Wins Award

To highlight and promote the City's riparian planting program, Stormwater Division staff scripted a video with production support from PCTV to showcase streamside planting projects and on-going volunteer efforts along Meeker and Clarks creeks in Puyallup. The video was award 1st Prize in the Government Agency category at the 2013 Puyallup River Film Festival, organized by the University of Washington, Tacoma.

Addressing Stormwater Pollutants at the Source

The Department of Ecology has funded a temporary position in the City of Puyallup that directs education and outreach support to local businesses. This position assists businesses in complying with NPDES requirements to maintain their stormwater infrastructure and address sources of pollutants and contaminants before they reach the City’s stormwater infrastructure. This is known as a “Local Source Control Program.” After a successful interview, Bryana Solis was recently hired to head up this program. She is scheduled to start work on August 5th. This position is funded by the Department of Ecology through June 2015.

GSI Success!

Since 2011 we have been cataloging green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) installations in the city. With the completion of the 8th Ave NW LID Retrofit project, we have reached our goal of disconnecting 9 million gallons of stormwater! Read more about this success on the Get Disconnected web page.

Current Stormwater Projects

In addition to Stormwater Programs - such as Puyallup's Rain Gardens and Fish-Friendly Car Washing - the Stormwater Department is currently working on the various projects listed below. Read more on the Stormwater Projects page.

Stormwater Management Staff

Steve Carstens, P.E.
Stormwater Engineer
(253)841-5597, email

Steve Carstens, P.E. was born and raised in Tacoma. He graduated from Washington State University with a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1998 and also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management which he received in 1989. Steve has Project Management experience with construction firms in both western and eastern Washington. He also has consultant engineering experience working for a local structural engineering firm. With over 10 years experience working with Pierce County in the Bridge Engineering section, as well as Planning and Land Services, Steve brings considerable experience and expertise to the city of Puyallup. Additional work experience has also included active work with Low Impact Development (LID) in association with the Rails to Trails program. His extensive design background working with the Ecology's Storm Manual and NPDES permit requirements further builds on his impressive qualifications to serve at the City's Stormwater Engineer. Steve started working for the City of Puyallup in October, 2011.

Joy Rodriguez
Associate Stormwater Engineer
(253)841-5549, email

Joy Rodriguez holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Sacramento (2001) and has passed the FE exam. She received LID Certification from WSU's program in 2015. Joy's work in stormwater includes support to the Stormwater Engineer on NPDES-compliance activities and reporting including implementation of TMDL-related activities and plan development, and collaboration on partnerships with local organizations, jurisdictions and businesses public education and outreach, grant writing and management. Additional work includes management and conceptual design of Capital projects related to stormwater and Parks and Recreation as well as construction management of small works CIP projects and larger stormwater-related projects.

Prior to the City, Joy performed work as a researcher in automotive accident reconstruction for seven years. Activities included research and analysis, report authoring and presentations on pedestrian, single- and multi-vehicle collisions related to products liability and roadway design. Analysis included field documentation, analysis of roadway design including sight distance, roadway structure, maintenance, traffic signal function and analysis, crash test analysis, simulation, energy analysis reconstruction, federal report authoring, publishing, and courtroom presentation development.

Joy began working for the City in June 2010.

Bryana Solis
Business Outreach Specialist
(253)770-3364, email

Bryana Solis was born and raised in Tacoma. She comes to Puyallup with 10+ years' experience in the automotive industry, providing an on-the-ground perspective to apply to local source control planning and site visit inspections. Bryana has served as the equivalent source control site manager in her previous position, providing her with a wealth of knowledge about BMP implementation and potential challenges that businesses may face in the regular-course-of-business related to pollution prevention. She now manages Puyallup's Ecology-funded Local Source Control Program, providing no-cost education and outreach to local businesses with the goal of reducing stormwater and environmental pollution by small quantity hazardous waste generators while providing businesses with potential cost-savings information.

Report a Spill or Illicit Discharge

Please call 253-770-3336 to report any spill or discharges other than surface and ground waters into the City storm drain system. Life threatening emergencies should use 911. Learn more.

Puyallup's Rain Gardens

Read through information on Puyallup's Rain Garden Program to learn about past installations, view photographs, and find links to resources to build your own rain garden.