Stormwater Management

Stormwater Management is part of Public Works Engineering.The Stormwater Management section implements programs and projects to meet permit requirements including:

  • Manage the City's NPDES Municipal Stormwater Permit
  • Design and construct stormwater-related capital projects
  • Pollution Prevention outreach to small businesses
  • Private stormwater facility management program
  • Stormwater Calendar Program- Best Management Practices lesson plans to students 
  • Educational outreach to residents on stormwater, rain gardens, riparian plantings, rain barrels, permeable pavements, stream health, and more

Stormwater Management Action Planning


The Phase 2 Municipal Stormwater Permit S5.C.1(d) is requiring the City of Puyallup to go through a ‘Stormwater Management Planning’ process. 


The first steps of this permit requirement is as follows:

Step 1: 

  • Complete a receiving water assessment which documents and assesses existing information related to the local receiving waters and contributing area conditions to identify which receiving waters are most likely to benefit from stormwater management planning.  This has been completed.   

Step 2:

  • Complete a receiving water prioritization informed by the assessment and other local and regional information.  We are to determine which receiving waters will receive the most benefit from stormwater facility retrofits.  We are currently working on this phase.  


A PowerPoint presentation summarizing the process so far, and our prioritization preliminary results can be found HERE.  If you have input or questions regarding the assessment and prioritization, please feel free to contact Paul Marrinan.


Future Steps:

  • There will be future phases of work associated with the planning process as outlined in the Ecology Phase 2 permit.  
  • Among other steps, we will have to identify retrofits.  The retrofits and actions shall be designed to: 
    • 1) conserve, protect, or restore receiving waters through stormwater and land management strategies that act as water quality management tools, 
    • 2) reduce pollutant loading, and 
    • 3) address hydrologic impacts from existing development as well as planned for and expected future buildout conditions.  

There are not mechanisms to require these retrofits to be installed with the city’s current permit, but we expect the implementation will be required in later permit updates/versions.  

  1. Report A Spill

To report a spill or illicit discharge into a catch basin or other area of the stormwater system, please call (253)770-3336. Learn more about how to report a spill.

  1. NPDES Program
  1. Water Quality & Flood Control
  1. Current Stormwater Projects

Puyallup's 2022 Stormwater Calendar is here! 

Puyallup residents favorite calendar has returned but with some minor changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We were not able to make it into classrooms this year to have students submit drawings for the annual calendar- a decision was made to have city staff choose one of their favorites drawings from last year that was not already featured. 

If you would like a printed copy of the 2022 calendar, you can request one through email

Residents are eligible for a car wash coupon, reach out with a stormwater fun fact via email for your coupon. We look forward to hearing from you! 

This year we will be working with Puyallup Parks and Rec's Campyougottawanna Summer day camp, bringing our stormwater lessons to the campers. We will be entering those drawings in for a chance to win a slot in the 2023 Stormwater Calendar. We are also excited to announce that next years calendar will return to print. 

2022 Stormwater Calendar

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