CVTV video: Innovative ways to manage stormwater
As residents of the rainy Pacific Northwest, we might assume that clean, fresh water in our streams and rivers will always be ours for the asking. But pollution, urbanization and other population pressures challenge this assumption.
Clark County administers the Clean Water Division to safeguard the quality of our streams, rivers and lakes and comply with the federal Clean Water Act and state regulations. The program's primary activities include stormwater capital improvements, water quality monitoring, public education and outreach, regulations and enforcement and stormwater maintenance.
As the county's population continues to increase, the Clean Water Division is committed to keeping our waterways clean for people, fish and wildlife. Click here for an overview of our program.
Stormwater is water that starts as rain and snow/ice melt. Stormwater can soak into the soil (infiltrate), can stay on the surface and evaporate, or run off and end up in nearby streams, rivers, or other water bodies (surface water).
Stormwater Pollution is when rain water washes across hard surfaces picking up dirt, debris, oils, and other materials that get into the stormwater and wash into drains to lead to creeks, streams and rivers.
New Tree Planting Program - We are partnering with Friends of Trees to plant 500 street trees in the next three years in the North Salmon Creek, Felida and West Hazel Dell neighborhoods. A grant from the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board will allow neighbors to purchase low cost trees and have help planting them at neighborhood planting events. Volunteers are needed for this fun and important project. Planting trees protects our local waterways. More >>
Downspout Disconnection Program - Clark County is partnering with Clark Conservation District to disconnect 100 homes from the storm drain system in the Three Creeks area. A grant from the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board will allow neighbors to apply to the program and receive a financial incentive to disconnect up to four downspouts on their home from the storm drain system. More>>
Stormwater Code and Manual Errata- As of January 8, 2016, Clark County will use the approved Clark County Stormwater Manual 2015 to comply with stormwater regulations. An errata was approved on November 22, 2016 by the BOCC. These codes and manual are deemed to comply with the Department of Ecology Phase I Municipal Stormwater Permit. More >>
Water Protection Tip for the Month - Check for car leaks! If you park your car outside this spring, check the pavement when you pull out of your driveway or parking spot and see if there are fluid leaks (e.g. rainbow effect in the rain, dark oil patch, bright green fluid, etc.). You can get a FREE vehicle leak check at any AAA auto shop in Clark County through the Don't Drip and Drive program (even if you are not an AAA member). More >>>
Low Impact Development overview - New stormwater regulations in 2016 require the use of LID where feasible for new development or redevelopment projects in Clark County. These techniques allow water to soak into the ground close to where it falls. More >>
Clean water fee - Fee rates and payment due dates
Clean water projects - Current and recently completed projects developed to collect and treat polluted storm runoff
Salmon and steelhead protection - County efforts to protect the declining salmon and steelhead population
Stormwater facility maintenance - Maintenance standards for public and private stormwater facilities
Stormwater management - Stormwater plan, code and manual regulations and Clean Water Commission meeting notes
To report spills, dumping into surface water or storm drains, and illicit sewer and waste water connections to the stormwater drainage system, call: Washington Department of Ecology 24-Hour Spill SW Region Response Hotline at (360) 407-6300. More information (including on-line form) at:
For more information about the Clean Water Division programs, call (360) 397-6118 x4345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.