Public Outreach, Education, and Involvement

Public education, outreach, and involvement have become increasingly important as municipalities recognize the immense scope of stormwater and water quality issues. Involving and educating the public will only ensure a stronger, healthier future for stormwater systems.


WSU and Stewardship Partners have teamed up to educate, inspire and empower the people of Puget Sound to protect our waters with rain gardens and stormwater awareness. With rain garden resource hubs in all 12 Puget Sound counties and a vast network of landscape professionals, volunteers, and partner organizations across the region, this campaign will see to 12,000 rain gardens being built and 160 Million gallons of runoff pollution kept out of our precious waters.

For more information, and to visit their website, click here.

Water Smart Program: Seattle Tilth

Learn about our local watershed and keeping it healthy through daily actions and sustainable gardening techniques.

When it rains or we water our gardens, the excess water carries pollutants into the storm drains. The storm drains connect directly to local streams and lakes, ending up in Puget Sound.

Toxins from our yards, gardens and streets, like fertilizers and pesticides, bacteria from animal waste, motor oil and soap are transported into the watershed. This poisons fish and our marine ecosystem.

The good news is that individuals can do a lot to stem this pollution.

Read more about this program.

Dump Smart – It’s Not Just Water is here to help companies understand how to properly dispose of waste water resulting from their business practices. Businesses that provide carpet cleaning, pressure washing, painting, janitorial and other services have one thing in common: the work they do requires water.

For more information, or to take the Dump Smart Pledge, visit their webpage.


STormwater Outreach for Regional Municipalities (STORM) is an independent coalition of over 80 Puget Sound Area cities and counties who work together to meet this challenge by ensuring that regional and local stormwater efforts are effective, consistent, and cost efficient.

STORM's Vision
People living and working in our communities will take actions that protect water quality within the Puget Sound basin. STORM's Mission To work together with regional partners to address polluted runoff by advancing broad-scale behavior change.

For more information, visit their webpage here.

Multilingual Flyers and Presentations

Only Rain in the Drain!

Materials Storage
Best Management Practices (BMPs) (all are PDFs)

Business Pollution Prevention Posters

Spill Response Poster

Lot Maintenance