Central Washington University’s Center for Leadership helped stencil storm drains on May 20th 2017. Stenciling storm drains is a key strategy to help improve watershed health by reminding citizens that only rain goes down the drain. Approximately 21 volunteers stenciled almost 2/3 of Ellensburg.
Thank you CWU Center for Leadership for helping make Ellensburg a great place to live, work and play.
View this year's stormwater rates.
Education and Outreach
The Stormwater Division provides education and outreach opportunities throughout Ellensburg. We inform students of all ages about the impact rain, snow melt, and wash water has on rivers and streams.
|Individuals can do a lot to help keep our waterways clean:
Request your FREE Car Wash Kit by calling Jon Morrow (509) 925-8619. View our public service announcement video that shows how to set up the car wash kit.
Volunteer. We invite you to be a storm drain stencil volunteer - "Dump no Waste - Drains to River". Call Jon Morrow for more information: (509) 925-8619.
|Some examples of our outreach
Bill inserts (ENGLISH) (SPANISH)
Radio interview about stormwater on Ellensburg Community Radio October 2016
Daily Record article featuring Valley View Elementary students
Meeting Permit Requirements
Illicit Discharge Detection Elimination is performed by monitoring stormwater in Wilson and Mercer Creek twice a week for temperature, bacteria, and flow. We respond to all citizen inquiries, and investigate, as needed.
We inspect swales post construction on an annual basis.
Operations and maintenance crews inspect approximately 2500 catch basins and manholes and 100 miles of underground pipe during cleaning season (usually April - September) for flow, odor, sheen, color, and floatables. Annually, 800 tons of solids are removed from city streets, catch basins, and man holes through street sweeping and catch basin cleaning. Since 2013 two-thirds of the stormwater system has been cleaned. Absent these efforts the creeks and rivers in our community would receive increased amounts of pollutants, adversely impacting fish, wildlife, and recreation.
Future floodplain project on Reecer and Currier Creeks between Dolarway and University: This $1.6 million project, co-funded by Washington State Dept of Ecology and the City of Ellensburg, realigns Currier Creek with Reecer Creek to bring these water courses together at more natural angles thereby reducing velocity; build flood control overflow swales to accommodate high water, direct overflows to a levy system, and restore natural habitat. Project anticipated completion is end of year 2018.