Surface Water Comprehensive Plan

Everett is writing a new Surface Water Comprehensive Plan, which will include an analysis of the city's drainage basins. The original basin plans were completed more than 25 years ago. Since then, the city has annexed new areas so the boundaries of the city have become larger. In addition, the Washington State Department of Ecology regulations have changed significantly.

Throughout the next 3 years, the city will create the new Surface Water Comprehensive Plan to replace the basin plans. More information can be found on the Surface Water Comprehensive Plan Public Information Sheet (PDF).

Phase 1


Work in the 1st phase of developing the Surface Water Comprehensive Plan will include studying 2 basins:

Phase 2


Work in the 2nd phase of developing the Surface Water Comprehensive Plan includes the study of the Port Gardner Bay Watershed (PDF)

To accomplish this goal, city staff and surface water experts will work near the water's edge in these areas to collect information about:
  • Barriers to fish passage
  • Channel bank condition
  • Nearby vegetation
  • Number and health of fish
  • Stream bed sediment
  • Water temperature  
Staff and experts will review this information and use it as the basis for the Surface Water Comprehensive Plan, which will include identifying projects and programs to manage the city's surface water, including:
  • Cost estimates
  • Grant opportunities
  • Timelines