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.
Read how illegal discharges and polluted stormwater affect our waterways, and ways you can help reduce this pollution by disconnecting from the stormwater system, properly draining your pool or hot tub, not feeding ducks at the park, and practicing Fish-Friendly Car Washing!
Click through the links to the left to learn about more ways to be stormwater-conscious and how to make a difference in our community, streams, and river.
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.
Non-permitted discharges could include a leaking garbage truck or dumpster, a carpet cleaning truck hose draining into a stormwater drain, or even soapy water from a car wash. If you see these types of activities please remember to report: