Stormwater Management is part of Public Works Engineering. The Stormwater Management section implements and manages the City’s NPDES Municipal Stormwater Permit which includes the following programs and projects:
- Stormwater Planning
- Education and Outreach Programs
- Public Involvement and Participation
- MS4 Mapping and Documentation
- Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE)
- Controlling Runoff from New Development, Redevelopment, and Construction Sites
- Operations and Maintenance
- Business Source Control and Pollution Prevention
- Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) for Impaired Waterbodies
- Design and Construction of Stormwater Capital Projects
Why Do We Manage Stormwater?
Let's reflect on what stormwater runoff is, where it comes from, and where it goes. Stormwater runoff includes rain, and water runoff from your lawns, rooftops, sidewalks, roadways, and other impervious surfaces. Stormwater runoff flows through our stormwater system of drains, pipes, and ditches – in some cases untreated - into our streams, rivers, and lakes. Stormwater carries with it pollution such as oil, chemicals, fertilizers, and other pollutants it collects along the way.
How do we do our part to stop this residential stormwater pollution (which is the source of nearly 75% of the 140,000 pounds of toxins entering Puget Sound each day)? Green Stormwater Infrastructure - aka Low Impact Development (LID) is the implementation of techniques and structures that allow the on-site treatment and infiltration of stormwater - helping to retain a developed site's natural hydrology the was present before development.
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.
In Washington, the NPDES Permit Program is managed by Ecology. Learn about Puyallup's Stormwater Management Program Plan, view annual NPDES reports, and find related NPDES permit documents on our webpage.
Flood control and planning are very important in our local community. Stormwater Management, levy systems, and operation and maintenance of existing stormwater infrastructure all play a part. Learn more about our Water Quality and Flood Control on our webpage.
Read about current capital stormwater projects within Puyallup including stream projects, water quality infrastructure, LID Retrofits, and more on our website page.