Stormwater runoff happens when rain or snow melt flows off impervious surfaces such as roofs, driveways, sidewalks, and streets which prevent the water from naturally soaking into the ground.
Stormwater flowing across hard surfaces may pick up pollutants along the way such as oil, fertilizer, chemicals, dirt, litter, and other debris. When runoff becomes polluted, it can harm the environment by flowing into Monroe's surface water collection system. These waters eventually flow into our streams, lakes, wetlands, and the Skykomish River.
The Department of Ecology’s Stormwater Management Manual for Western Washington has been adopted for reference by the Monroe City Council. The City is required by Federal Law to maintain an operating permit, which is generally referred to as the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. Collectively these documents provide the required foundation for the majority of the City's stormwater management program activities.
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit requires the City to post select documents for public review and comment. Below, you will find links to the City's annual stormwater system report, the stormwater management program plan, and the quality assurance project plan.
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Document Links