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.

LID Code Change SEPA - Call for Citizen Comments

The preliminary DNS for the above referenced permit number – P-16-0033. This is a non-project SEPA action for proposed amendments to the Puyallup Municipal Code relating to the 2016 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) for Low Impact Development (LID).

The LID Code change is a requirement of the City’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination (NPDES) Permit. The City must make Low Impact Development (LID) its preferred method of development by December 31, 2016. The goals are to provide flexibility wherever feasible, remove barriers that prevent LID implementation, and incorporate LID principles into City policies.

In each of the affected titles, the changes will strive to retain native vegetation, protect trees and open space, and limit impervious surfaces where feasible. The changes will also update the language and definitions used throughout the code to reflect the current ones used by the Department of Ecology.

Comments on this preliminary DNS must be submitted within 14 days or by 5:00 p.m. on June 8, 2016, to Kendall Wals, Associate Planner for the City of Puyallup, 333 South Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371. Appeals must be received by 5:00 pm on June 22, 2016. This determination will become final if no formal appeals are filed and/or reconsideration requests are made by the expiration dates listed above. The proposed code amendments are large documents and difficult to send by email. For copies of the proposed code amendment documents, please contact the following city staff:

SEPA DNA and Checklists

Puyallup Municipal Codes for review



Current Stormwater 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.

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.