Stormwater, or polluted runoff, is the leading contributor to reduced water quality in Puget Sound. Sustainable West Seattle and Tox-ick are already working to bring knowledge about stormwater to our members.
Learn more about polluted runoff, its impacts on the environment, how King County is addressing the issue, and how you can help.
To assist, King County has assembled a series of videos on the many elements associated with stormwater runoff. Watch these short videos to learn more about the subject cited:
- What is stormwater and why is it important?
- Stormwater regulations – local and national
- King County’s Stormwater Management Plan – Ten steps to success
- How you can improve stormwater to help Puget Sound
You can view even more in the Stormwater Video Library.
Test your environmental knowledge, take the stormwater quiz.
You can participate by taking the King County online stormwater survey, or sending the Department of Water and Land Resources a comment at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to the Stormwater Management Team, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, 201 S. Jackson St., Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98104.
Everyone can take action:
- In Your Yard: Use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly, or just use compost;
- With Your Car: Take your car to a commercial car wash and have the oil leaks fixed;
- Around Your Dog: Pick up dog poop, bag it and place it in the trash (not in the yard waste bin);
- At Home and More: From cleaning products to septic maintenance, be aware of how you care for your home.
To learn more about what you can do, visit the Puget Sound Starts Here website.
As part of an ongoing commitment to protect public health and improve environmental conditions in our streams, rivers, lakes and Puget Sound, King County annually reviews and updates its overall stormwater management plan. A detailed description of the plan can be found online.
For more information about stormwater, please visit:
- Overview of the King County Stormwater Management Program
- Answers to frequently asked questions about stormwater
- King County stormwater services website
- 2013 Draft King County Stormwater Management Program
- King County’s Municipal NPDES Stormwater Permit (Washington State Department of Ecology website)
- Puget Sound Starts Here website