Engaging the public to address stormwater pollution that affects our lakes, streams, and Puget Sound is a huge task. It requires broad, regionally consistent and recognizable messaging across the Sound, as well as focused personal engagement with citizens at a local level.

STormwater Outreach for Regional Municipalities (STORM) is a coalition of 83 Western Washington cities and counties that have worked together since 2007 to achieve our NPDES Stormwater permit obligations. By working together, our region-wide and local stormwater outreach efforts are more 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.

Prioritization Tool for Puget Sound Salmon Recovery & Stormwater Individual & Residential-Scale Best Management Practices.
A technical memorandum for the Puget Sound Partnership in collaboration with the STORM Coalition of Puget Sound Municipalities, Puget Sound Partnership Technical Report 2016-01, April 2016.

A Few Key Accomplishments:

  • The Annual STORM Symposium was a great success!  Please visit the internal STORM website to download presentations, review documents, and obtain meeting dates:
  • Created the Puget Sound Starts Here Campaign,the largest campaign in State history focused on raising awareness of personal actions that protect water quality in Puget Sound and the waters that drain to it. In two years, this campaign reached 1in 4 residents living near the Sound—a result that is considered remarkable by advertising industry standards.
  • Built Partnerships with the Puget Sound Partnership and their Education, Communication and Outreach Network (ECO Net) members, the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE), the Seattle Mariners, Boeing, Futurewise, and numerous non-profits to more effectively and thoroughly distribute pollution prevention messages and actions.
  • Created the Don’t Drip and Drive Outreach Program, 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.
  • Helped Jurisdictions Effectively meet National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Outreach Mandates, by providing members with training opportunities, workshops, and symposiums, sharing expertise, leveraging time and resources and collectively applying for, and receiving, over $2 million in grants to support our efforts.

Interested in joining or working with STORM? Contact a core member near you:

Mary Eidmann