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. There are sixteen bodies of water that are tested throughout the city. View or download our map, Everett drainage basins & watersheds (PDF).
Stormwater site management is a component of new construction permitting and requires a permit. Refer to the permit services webpage for more information.
View or download our interim stormwater control policy (PDF) to see how it applies to the combined storm / sanitary system in the northern portion of Everett.
View or download new construction (PDF) for more information.
Having a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permit, allows the permit holder to discharge water into existing bodies of water (waters of the state) such as creeks, lakes and Port Gardner Bay.
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.
For More Information
If you observe any dumping into a storm drain, creek or other body of water in the City of Everett, please call us at any time at 425-257-8821.
Stormwater management manual
Effective December 31, 2016, the City of Everett stormwater management manual shall be the most recent Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) 2014 stormwater management manual for Western Washington.
For more information including ordinances and Everett's 2010 Manual, view or download stormwater management information (PDF)
Stormwater management program (SWMP)
The City’s stormwater management program document describes actions the city will take throughout 2018 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:
Surface water comprehensive plan (SWCP)
The City of Everett surface water comprehensive plan consists of 4 volumes, including a summary & implementation plan along with 3 watershed volumes. The Lake Washington, Port Gardner Bay and Snohomish River watershed volumes have individual basin plans for areas that drain to streams & lakes. View or download, our SWCP (PDF).
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.
Water runoff from streets and parking lots carries oil, sediment and pollutants from pavement and landscaped areas. To reduce pollutants from entering our urban creeks, streams and lakes, detention ponds are installed to treat stormwater runoff.
Two kinds of detention ponds are used in Everett, wet detention ponds and dry detention ponds. Depending on their location, detention ponds are either maintained by private entities or by the city.
To learn about who maintains ponds and how that is done, view or download our brochure, What is a detention pond? (PDF).
Downspout disconnection is only recommended for those in the combined system areas of Everett. Disconnecting downspouts helps reduce some of the stress heavy rainfall has on the combined system, where pipes carry both wastewater and stormwater to the wastewater treatment plant.View or download our map of the combined sewer area (PDF).
Correctly disconnecting your downspouts helps direct water away from your house to a suitable area where the runoff can spread and soak into the surrounding landscape or another designated area.
This can be accomplished fairly easily with an elbow, pipe extension and splash block. Besides having a suitable area for water runoff, other factors must be taken into consideration before disconnecting such as:
If your property does not meet minimum requirements, downspout disconnection is not recommended.
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.
Rain gardens are a landscaped area that collects, absorbs and filters stormwater runoff from roof tops, driveways and other areas that don't allow water to soak in.
Learn about Everett's rain garden rebate program, which offers up to a $2,500 rebate, on our Rain Gardens webpage.
View or download our brochure, rain garden rebate (PDF).
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. View or download our flyer, Green Home, Green Garden (PDF) for the latest program schedule. 2019 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.
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 or download our flyers & postcard listed below:
Contact Apryl Hynes, Public Information & Education Specialist, email or 425-257-8992 for more information.
The City of Everett offers some short-term and long-term volunteer opportunities that help protect our surface water quality. You can:
Visit our volunteer opportunities webpage to learn more.
We ask that you report:
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).