Surface & Stormwater

Surface water staff manage the city's stormwater system and work with residents, businesses and property owners to reduce stormwater pollution, promote private stormwater management and protect our rivers, streams and groundwater. There are sixteen bodies of water that are tested throughout the city. View or download our map, Everett drainage basins & watersheds (PDF).

  1. New construction
  2. NPDES permit
  3. Stormwater manual
  4. Stormwater program
  5. Surface water comp plan

Stormwater site management is a component of new construction permitting and requires a permit. Refer to the permit services webpage for more information.

View or download our interim stormwater control policy (PDF) to see how it applies to the combined storm / sanitary system in the northern portion of Everett. 

View or download new construction (PDF) for more information.

  1. Using green measures

Green stormwater infrastructure (GSI)
In a natural environment, soil and plants help absorb rain. But in our urban environment, where streets, buildings, and parking lots cover the ground, rain washes over these hard surfaces resulting in erosion and flooding that can harm properties and wildlife habitat. The resulting stormwater runoff also carries sediment, oil, fertilizers and other pollutants to local rivers and streams.

Green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) uses vegetation, soils and other elements and practices to restore some of the natural processes needed to manage surface water and create healthier urban environments.

Sign-up for the city's Green Home, Green Garden e-newsletter, contact Apryl Hynes, Public Information & Education Specialist, email.

  1. Detention ponds
  2. Downspout disconnect
  3. Rain barrels
  4. Rain gardens
  5. Natural yard care

Water runoff from streets and parking lots carries oil, sediment and pollutants from pavement and landscaped areas. To reduce pollutants from entering our urban creeks, streams and lakes, detention ponds are installed to treat stormwater runoff.

Two kinds of detention ponds are used in Everett, wet detention ponds and dry detention ponds. Depending on their location, detention ponds are either maintained by private entities or by the city.

To learn about who maintains ponds and how that is done, view or download our brochure, What is a detention pond? (PDF).

  1. How can I make a difference?
  2. How can I volunteer?
  3. How can I report pollution?

Stormwater runoff is not treated before it is released into streams, rivers, lakes and Puget Sound. Approximately 75% of all pollution in Puget Sound comes from every day activities. There are many every day choices that you can make to help minimize pollution in our waterways.

To learn more, view or download our flyers & postcard listed below:

Contact Apryl Hynes, Public Information & Education Specialist, email or 425-257-8992 for more information.