Stormwater Facilities Maintenance Info.
Take the Skagit county "We Scoop" Pledge and we'll send you a handy Poop bag dispenser.
*Open to Skagit County residents (Limit one per household)
Prevent Storm Pollution
Whether you’re enjoying a public place or your own backyard, remember there is no magic wand or fairy that makes pet waste disappear after you leave it on the ground. The poop goes somewhere - and in many cases it's our local streams (or maybe under your shoe). Keep the "magic" in the Skagit by scooping your pet's poop. It's simple: Scoop it, bag it, and put it in the trash!
The Washington Stormwater Website has new Low Impact Development (LID) training modules available to the public. In addition to the training modules available on their website, there are also videos filmed on-site and LID projects around the Puget Sound that will highlight LID techniques and applications.
Where Does Your Water Shed?
Did you know that we each contribute a little to the biggest source of pollution for the Skagit Watershed? Learn about how our actions impact the health of our rivers, streams, and bays and what citizens like you are doing to help keep them clean for the people and wildlife that depend on them here in the Skagit Valley. Click on the image below to watch our video.
KEEP AUTUMN LEAVES OFF THE GROUND AND OUT OF THE STORM DRAIN
Do you have a storm drain near your home? Maintaining them is important, as they are part of our overall drainage system that helps get extra water off the road as quickly as possible.
When autumn in the Pacific Northwest begins, that means rain will be more prevalent. When that happens, it’s common for storm drains to get clogged with fallen leaves, mulch, grass clippings, and even trash or other debris. If the drain gets clogged, that can mean street flooding.
Here are some helpful tips on how to keep the storm drains near your home free and clear to work the way they’re intended to..
TIPS ON HOW TO KEEP STORM DRAINS CLEAN
Use a rake or pitchfork to clear limbs, leaves, and other debris from the drain. Don’t try to remove the grate. The best time to inspect the drain near your property is before a rainstorm.. After the storm is over, maintain the openings well by clearing away any ice or other excess debris that has accumulated.
• Take a moment to clean the storm drain inlets and ditches in your neighborhood. Make sure they are free of leaves, litter, and other debris that may inhibit proper drainage – particularly when rainy weather is headed your way.
• Do not rake leaves, grass, or other organic refuse into the street or into a nearby ditch when doing yard work. These materials only end up blocking the drainage system. Furthermore, leaves and grass clippings reduce oxygen in the water (affecting fish) and add materials that would not otherwise get into the water system.
• Do not clean driveways or sidewalks with a hose. Instead, sweep leaves, twigs, and grass clippings and place them in a compost pile or yard waste container. Otherwise, they may end up blocking the storm drainage system.
• Do not dump trash or pollutants into ditches or drain inlets. Not only will these toxins clog the storm drain, they can severely damage local bodies of water.
• If you inspect the drain and notice that there is debris or other objects under the grate that you cannot clear by yourself, contact the city and notify them that additional help is required.
When you're washing a car in a driveway, you're not just washing a car in a driveway.
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