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Education & Outreach

This page is designed to give municipal stormwater permittees access to educational and outreach materials available for use across the state. Multiple categories of educational and outreach materials will be hosted and highlighted to facilitate the state’s municipal stormwater jurisdiction permittees in fulfilling their educational outreach requirements.

For assistance or more information about the Education & Outreach Program please contact:

Anne Melrose

Education & Outreach Coordinator

  • Preventing pollution is an important part of doing business at any farmer’s market, special event, or food truck location. Help protect clean water this season and make the most of your time outdoors with FREE webinars from the Washington Stormwater Center.

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  • Don’t Drip & Drive aims to educate Washington drivers about the importance of checking for vehicle leaks and of regular vehicle inspections, whether on their own or at a repair shop. To encourage Washington residents to improve the reliability and safety of their cars, Don’t Drip & Drive offers drivers a way to take their vehicles to a participating repair shop for a free and easy visual leak inspection.

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  • Adopt a Drain is a powerful education and outreach initiative designed to empower individuals, families, and communities to protect our local waterways from stormwater pollution.

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  • Most of the pollution reaching Puget Sound is carried there in stormwater runoff. Uncovered and leaking dumpsters can cause pollutants like chemicals, bacteria, and organic matter to end up in stormwater runoff. Rainwater mixed with trash can leak out and spill onto impervious surfaces that drain to the stormwater system when dumpsters are serviced.

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  • Most stormwater management efforts have focused on urban watersheds due to the high densities of people, pollutant sources, and impervious areas. However, rural stormwater runoff can harm rural properties and roadways and degrade rural water quality.

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STORM is a coalition of 81 Western Washington jurisdictions that work together to create effective, regionally consistent, and cost-efficient education and outreach programs and messaging. STORM services help jurisdictions meet their Municipal Stormwater Permit requirements and provide professional development opportunities to staff.

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Eastern Washington E&O Stormwater Work Group

Education & Outreach focused information sharing and networking for Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permittees jurisdictions in Eastern Washington.

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Stormwater Partners

Stormwater Partners of Southwest Washington is an independent coalition of jurisdictions, agencies, and non-profit organizations working together to protect water quality and watersheds in SW Washington. Efforts focus on collaborative education and outreach strategies to address permit needs.

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Designing and Evaluating Effective Behavior-Change Programs for Stormwater Programs

In this SAM Effectiveness Study, WSU and Evergreen StormH20 used surveys and literature to evaluate which types of stormwater problems are amenable to and best addressed by behavior-change efforts. This page includes helpful decision-support tools, templates, and guidance documents developed during the study.

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EWA Construction Documents

We would like to introduce three new E&O documents created to address construction site issues. Eastern WA permittees working as part of the EWA Stormwater Education & Outreach Working Group identified a need for documents with information on construction BMPs for developers, engineers, planners, review staff, contractors, and construction crews.

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Sunset over a lake in the Gingko Petrified Forest park

EWA Effectiveness Studies

The purpose of the Monitoring and Assessment permit requirement in the Eastern WA Permit is to conduct studies to determine the effectiveness of the Stormwater Management Program and communicate the findings to the region. The effectiveness studies focus on Best Management Practices (BMPs) used by Permittees and include studies focused on operational, or structural BMPS, or education and outreach practices.

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Eyes on the Watershed

Explore interactive maps for local watersheds that tell their story. This can include its history, areas impacted by pollutants, how it is influenced by development, and much more.

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E&O Video Content