Stormwater, Surface Water & Groundwater Utility
About our programs
Vancouver’s Stormwater, Surface Water and Groundwater programs not only provide the direction and technical expertise needed in the planning, review and design of efficient storm water systems, they also are leading the way in protecting and improving our surface and ground water resources for our community and our environment.
Every year, our Operations Center's Drainage/Surface Water Team cleans each of Vancouver's 13,000-plus catch stormwater drains. In the process, the team removes approximately 500 tons of leaves, sediment and other debris. They also maintain more than 300 miles of stormwater pipe lines.
Meanwhile, our Surface Water Management Team in Engineering Services provides engineering direction and technical expertise in the planning, review and design of efficient stormwater systems. Protecting our community water resources and complying with permit regulations is critical part of our work.
REMEMBER: When mixed with rain, leaves in streets can quickly clog stormwater drains, causing standing water and flooding. Never rake or blow leaves or other yard debris into the street.
Stormwater Management PlanThe Water All Around Us – Surface and Groundwater Programs
Clean, abundant water resources are vital to Vancouver’s high quality of life. All of us are responsible for protection and management of the water all around us - surface and ground water, streams and aquifers. The City of Vancouver provides engineering direction and technical expertise in the planning, review and design of...
Report a Spill or Illicit DischargeSpills of oil or hazardous materials must be reported. Do not rinse the spill away. If you see or know of an illicit discharge or accidental spill of something toxic onto the ground, into a stream or into a storm water drain, please note the location, substance and all other details. Then call or e-mail the resources below. You may request that your personal information be kept confidential. If...
Street SweepingResidential streets in the City of Vancouver are swept approximately every eight or nine weeks, except during severe weather. Street sweeping helps keep sediment, leaves and other debris and pollutants out of the stormwater system, which generally flow to our creeks and rivers. And it helps prevents localized street flooding due clogged drainage catchbasins. Street sweeping is a service of the...
Current Stormwater ProjectsThe City of Vancouver installed rain gardens and center-lane medians along Northeast 98th Avenue, from approximately Northeast Burton Road to Northeast 34th Street, in the Oakbrook Neighborhood. This water quality project, funded by a Washington Department of Ecology Low Impact Development (LID) grant, is designed to improve the quality of stormwater entering Peterson Channel and enhance the...