Storm drains are common and can be found throughout the North Mason area. Many assume that what goes down a storm drain is treated at a wastewater facility. Unfortunately, this is a myth, as dirt and pollutants are often washed down the drain or dumped intentionally down a storm drain.

To help reduce pollution that makes its way into storm drains, you can do the following things:

  • Never dump anything into a storm drain.
  • Clean up and dispose of lawn debris and pet waste.
  • Recycle car and agricultural chemicals at proper facilities.
  • Wash your car on your lawn or at a commercial facility.

Managing Stormwater

Did You Know? Despite the gloom and doom, you CAN help manage stormwater! Stormwater management begins in your yard or at your business. Check out how to get started.

Protecting Hood Canal's Shellfish

Did You Know? Significant amounts of stormwater can increase the risk of flooding, and once polluted, can severely impact Hood Canal's shellfish and salmon, as well as our drinking water.

Pollutants in Hood Canal

Did You Know? Over 50,000 pounds of pollutants on average are released into the Puget Sound and Hood Canal Ecosystem every day, including oils, metals and more. (Washington State Department of Ecology (2011b). Toxics in Runoff to Puget Sound. Phase 3 Data Loads and Estimates. April 2011

Rain in Puget Sound

Did You Know? Most of Puget Sound and Hood Canal receive over 40 inches of rain each year. Just an inch of rain over a 1-acre acre equates to over 27,000 gallons of water! That's a lot of stormwater runoff.