Clean Water Projects
The Clean Water Division develops new stormwater facilities and implements updates to older facilities that collect and treat polluted storm runoff. These projects control stormwater flows and help:
- Reduce pollution in our water runoff.
- Improve water quality treatment.
- Reduce stream erosion and protect river habitat.
- Keep our waterways safe for recreation and other uses.
Projects vary in scope and size, but may include installing rain gardens or wetlands for improved water quality treatment, expanding water storage, modifying inlets and outlets, and repairing or replacing aging facilities. Projects are funded by clean water fees and state and federal grants.
Whipple Creek Watershed Management Plan - From 2014-2017, Clark County will conduct a watershed-scale assessment of the Whipple Creek watershed. This plan is a requirement of the county's NPDES Phase I Municipal Stormwater Permit (S5.C.5.c - page 20 of the permit). More>>
2018 - Capital project schedule (as proposed):
Ward Road/NE 78th Street Drywell Retrofits
This project in the Lower Fifth Plain Creek subwatershed retrofits eight drywells along Ward Road and NE 78th Street that pose a high threat to groundwater. The wells will be raised out of groundwater in compliance with state Underground Injection Control requirements. Six catch basins contributing untreated stormwater to these drywells will also be upgraded by installing filter cartridge inserts.
Tay Terrace UIC Retrofit
This project in lower Salmon Creek decommissions three drywells serving the Tay Terrace subdivision that pose a high threat to groundwater, replacing them with a bioretention area and shallow infiltration pipes in compliance with state Underground Injection Control requirements.
40 et 8 Chateau Stormwater Facility Repair
This project in the Cougar Creek subwatershed repairs an existing wetland treatment facility serving the 40 et 8 Chateau bingo hall and NE 78th Street, by excavating sediment-trapping cells and improving water flow patterns.
2019 Overlay/HMA catch basin retrofits
Catch basins in priority areas are retrofitted for stormwater treatment ahead of planned road surface overlays. This annual program helps leverage construction efforts and avoids conflicts or delays later on.
The 2019 program will retrofit 18 catch basins on NE 110th Street east of Hazel Dell Avenue, and on NE Minnehaha Road west of NE Andresen Road. These locations are in the Cougar Creek subwatershed in lower Salmon Creek, and the Cold Creek subwatershed in lower Burnt Bridge Creek.
Hazel Dell Catch Basin Retrofits
This project in the Cougar Creek subwatershed provides stormwater treatment retrofits at 13 catch basin locations along NE Highway 99 near NE 88th Street, NE 78th Street near NE Hazel Dell Avenue, and NE Hazel Dell Avenue north of NE 94th Street.
2016 - 2019 Urban Tree Canopy Restoration Program
Restoring urban tree canopy cover in the neighborhoods that drain to Cougar, Suds and Salmon Creek (Salmon Creek and Felida area). Clark County is partnering with Friends of Trees to implement a Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board Clark County Clean Water Fund grant that will plant shade trees in public rights-of-ways in neighborhoods that are lacking street trees. The project will engage volunteer crew leaders, neighborhood coordinators, summer inspectors, planters and homeowners in training and planting events. Outreach with participants will occur during all phases of the projects about the importance of trees in the urban watershed. More>>
Washougal River - Homeowner Incentive Program
Clark County Clean Water Division is a supporting partner with the new Watershed Alliance program, along with the City of Washougal, to encourage riparian homeowners to improve their riverfront property. The program addresses reduction of erosion of streambanks by encouraging native plantings along the shoreline. Riparian buffers add shade to the river, increase wildlife habitat and beautify properties. This grant funded pilot program is available to targeted homeowners along the Washougal River. Contact the Watershed Alliance for more information. More>>
Downspout Disconnect Program
The Downspout Disconnect program will provide financial incentives and technical assistance to homeowners to disconnect existing roof downspouts from the County's municipal separate storm sewer system. Disconnects will be directed to areas on the homeowner's property where the water can infiltrate (soak into the ground) as appropriate for each individual site. More >>
|Pleasant Valley Park ‘B’ Stormwater Facility Repair||$150,000||
Rebuilt bioswale and added infiltration pipes to reduce flooding.
|Harding Farms Stormwater Facility Retrofit||$1 M||Retrofit the existing Harding Farms Subdivision stormwater facility to improve performance and enhance adjacent wetlands.|
|Heritage Farm Park Lot LID Demonstration||$482,000||Add a new parking lot west of main building that adds demonstration of different pervious pavement systems.|
|Trillium Park Subdivision Stormwater System Repair||$85,000||Replace bioswale, including conveyance pipes, drywell and water quality treatment cartridges.|
|Drywell Water Quality updates||$611,000||Stormwater treatment with rain gardens and catch basin filters|
|Thomas Wetland East||$2,000,000||Wetland enhancement / stormwater retrofit|
|Parkside Manor||$960,000||Stormwater retrofit|
|Stones Throw Subdivision SWF Repair||$171,000||Stormwater facility redesign|
|Heritage Meadows Subdivision||$300,000||Stormwater retrofit|
|Mount Vista Subdivision||$551,000||Stormwater retrofit|
|Padden-Andresen Stormwater Facility||$1,320,000||Stormwater retrofit|
Sunset Glen / Drasler Place
|Buena Vista Subdivision||$420,000||Stormwater facility retrofit|
|Grassland Meadows Subdivision||$270,000||Stormwater facility retrofit|
|NE 149th Street Rock Storage Facility||$210,000||Rain garden|
|SR 503/Fred Meyer||$280,000||Stormwater facility|
|Sherwood 6||$180,000||Stormwater facility, Outfall repair|
|Upper Whipple Creek||$825,000||Stream restoration
Whipple Creek interpretive sign
|NE 99 Street Green Infrastructure||Rain Gardens|
|Carrie Otter Wetlands||$650,000||Restoration|
|Encore Facility||$1,005,000||Stormwater facility retrofit|
|Lakeshore / NW 99th Street||$150,000||Rain Garden|
|Curtin Creek||$3,690,000||Floodplain enhancement, restoration.
Curtin Creek interpretive sign