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.
Street 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 >>
Water Protection Tip for the Month - Clear your local drain!
The grates and inlets in your neighborhood curbs collect storm water runoff from driveways, sidewalks, roof tops and yards and rushes all of that water to local streams and creeks. Make sure to check your neighborhood drain before the big fall rains hit:
- Clear away any leaves or debris to prevent clogging that can lead to flooding
- Sweep up any hard surfaces so that materials don't wash down the drain
- Remind your neighbors to prevent pollution and clean up their properties
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:
CVTV video: Innovative ways to manage stormwater
For more information about the Clean Water Division programs, call (564) 397-4345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.