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.
Vancouver Public Works helps residents prepare for heavy rainStarting Thursday, Oct. 13, heavy rains and some thundershowers are forecasted for several days. Vancouver Public Works crews are preparing for this rainfall and want to help residents be prepared, as well. Residents are urged to drive with care, leave ample time to come to a stop and heed any high water or street closure signs they may encounter.
Stormwater Management PlanClean, 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 promotes clean water practices to protect, preserve or improve surface water and groundwater resources.
Water Resources Protection ProgramThe Water Resources Protection Ordinance provides the tools Vancouver needs to protect the rivers, lakes, streams and groundwater, which are important to our community and high quality of life. This ordinance sets standards to help protect the “critical” aquifers underlying the entire City.
Street SweepingStreet sweeping helps keep sediment, leaves and other debris and pollutants out of the stormwater system. Residential streets in the City of Vancouver are swept approximately every nine weeks. You can help protect water quality and improve our community by keeping streets free of litter and debris.
Current Stormwater ProjectsThe City of Vancouver installed rain gardens and center-lane medians along NE 98th Avenue, from approximately NE Burton Road to NE 34th Street, in the Oakbrook Neighborhood. This water quality project, funded by a Washington Department of Ecology Low Impact Development (LID) grant, helps improve the quality of stormwater entering Peterson Channel and enhance the Oakbrook Neighborhood.