Part of the reason we all love the Hood Canal area is because of the vast swatches of green surrounding our properties, rivers and creeks. Not only are buffers nice on the eye, but they can increase property value and provide important habitat for birds, salmon and wildlife, all while helping to manage stormwater runoff.

Riparian buffers act as a filter, capturing sediment, pesticides and other assorted pollutants from stormwater runoff before it enters a stream. Buffers will also slow the movement of any toxins or pathogens in the runoff.

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.