Surface & Stormwater

Surface water staff manage the city's stormwater system and work with residents, businesses and property owners to reduce stormwater pollution, promote private stormwater management and protect our rivers, streams and groundwater. The City spans 20 distinct drainage basins in three different watersheds. Runoff from homes, roads and parking lots makes its way to Lake Washington, the Snohomish River and Port Gardner Bay. View or download our map, Everett drainage basins & watersheds (PDF).

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  1. How can I make a difference?
  2. How can I volunteer?
  3. How can I report pollution?

Many times stormwater runoff is not treated before it is released into streams, rivers, lakes and Puget Sound. Approximately 75% of all pollution in Puget Sound comes from every day activities. There are many every day choices that you can make to help minimize pollution in our waterways.

To learn more, view information listed below:

Contact Apryl Hynes, Public Information & Education Specialist, email or 425-257-8992 for more information.

  1. Stormwater program
  2. Private stormwater maintenance
  3. Surface water comp plan

Everett and other urban areas that collect stormwater runoff in municipal storm sewers and discharge it to surface waters are required to have a permit under the federal Clean Water Act. This permit, called the NPDES (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System) Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit, requires Everett to submit an annual report, and create and implement a Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) that includes:

  • Comprehensive stormwater planning
  • Public education and outreach
  • Public involvement and participation
  • Mapping and documentation
  • Illicit discharge detection and elimination
  • Runoff control from new development, redevelopment and construction sites
  • Operations and maintenance
  • Source Control Program

Stormwater Management Program (SWMP)
The City’s stormwater management program document describes actions the city will take throughout 2019 to maintain compliance with the permit's stormwater management program conditions, which are designed to reduce stormwater runoff pollution to Everett's waterways. 

For more information, view or download:

In Everett, some stormwater discharges to water bodies and some is captured in a combined sewer system and conveyed to our wastewater treatment plant, called the Everett Water Pollution Control Facility. View our sewer webpage for information on how we clean wastewater.

  1. Using green measures

Green stormwater infrastructure (GSI)
In a natural environment, soil and plants help absorb rain. But in our urban environment, where streets, buildings, and parking lots cover the ground, rain washes over these hard surfaces resulting in erosion and flooding that can harm properties and wildlife habitat. The resulting stormwater runoff also carries sediment, oil, fertilizers and other pollutants to local rivers and streams.

Green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) uses vegetation, soils and other elements and practices to restore some of the natural processes needed to manage surface water and create healthier urban environments.

Sign-up for the city's Green Home, Green Garden e-newsletter, contact Apryl Hynes, Public Information & Education Specialist, email.

  1. Rain barrels
  2. Rain gardens
  3. Natural yard care

Rain barrels are a great way to collect and store rain water runoff from your roof for later use. The City of Everett offers one-day sales and make-it, take-it workshops in the spring and fall to help you take advantage of this free resource.

To learn more about rain barrels, view or download the rain barrel flyer (PDF).

Visit our rain barrels webpage for more information and schedule.