Water Resources Protection Program

Stencils remind us that stormwater drains lead to rivers and streams

The 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 requires everyone to follow minimum standards that help protect the “critical” aquifers underlying the entire city. It also establishes greater standards of compliance for businesses and industries that manage hazardous materials; creates Special Protection Areas around the City’s water stations as an additional safeguard; and provides cooperative, cost-effective solutions through technical assistance, education and public outreach.

Water Resources Protection GIS Atlas

With the City of Vancouver's GIS Atlas mapping system, you can view water resources information on maps you create. You can also see the local businesses, industries and neighborhoods that our team is working with as help the community by protecting our surface waters and ground water resources.

Storm Drain/Catch Basin Protections

Did you know what flows down the storm drain could also pollute our streams, rivers and wetlands? Please, only rain down the drain! Here's how you can help protect your community's water resources:

  • Use a commercial car wash that filters and recycles water to wash your vehicles.
  • If you must wash your car at home, keep soapy water out of the street to prevent soap, grime and other runoff from going down the drain where they can cause harm to aquatic life and resources.
  • Keep your vehicles maintained and tuned to avoid contamination due to leaking oil and grease.
  • Pick up after pets.
  • Get involved with Vancouver's Stenciling Program. You can help protect your natural water resources and wildlife by painting friendly reminders near storm drains. The City of Vancouver will provide paints, stencils and other supplies to neighborhoods, education groups or other volunteers. For information on stencils, please contact the Water Resource Protection team by phone 360-487-7130 or by email.

Other Materials & Information

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