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 22 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).

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

Call the City of Everett Public Works Department 24-hours a day at 425-257-8821 with any concerns or if you see someone dumping into a storm drain, creek or other body of water.

We ask that you report:

  • Spills, even if accidental
  • Clogged storm drains
  • Illicit discharges or connections

Watch our video, "City of Everett Stormwater & You."

Learn more about how to spot illicit discharge. View or download, Warning signs of illicit discharge (PDF). There are a few situations where natural occurring phenomenon can appear to be serious pollution problems. View or download, Natural occurring concerns (PDF).

  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. 

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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. Environmental stewardship
  2. Stormwater technical resources
  3. Green stormwater infrastructure

The City has been working on efforts to restore salmon habitat at Smith Island for over 20 years. After construction of a restoration project, long-term biological monitoring is required by regulatory agencies to demonstrate that the site is meeting the intended environmental functions. Once that is achieved the City provides local stewardship in perpetuity for those areas. Additionally, the City performs water quality monitoring of Silver Lake and local streams. To find out more about these efforts visit the Environmental stewardship webpage.

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

Our yards are places for fun, beauty and relaxing. But, in taking care of them, we often use water inefficiently, produce a lot of yard waste and overuse chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides. These products can be bad for us and the environment. By making some simple changes in our yards habits, we can save time, money and protect the health of our families and the environment.

Everett offers free green gardening workshops to help community members garden more naturally. 2020 schedule coming soon.

To start green gardening today, view or download the guide, Natural Yard Care (PDF) and learn the 5 steps that will make your piece of the planet a healthier place to live.

Trees are an important tool for managing runoff. They provide a surface area that rain water can land on before it evaporates. They reduce erosion and promote infiltration of stormwater runoff. Refer to Everett’s tree program webpage to learn more.

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