WARNING: Water from urban creeks, streams, ponds, and lakes should never be used as drinking water.
The quality of the water draining off streets, yards, and parking lots impacts the health of the fish and other habitat that depend on these water sources for survival. In north Everett, most of the water draining from our streets and parking lots is treated at the Water Pollution Control Facility. However, in other parts of Everett all the water from the neighborhood storm drains is carried directly to creeks, ponds, streams and lakes without the benefit of treatment. The ultimate destination of this untreated water is the Puget Sound.
City personnel routinely monitor and test the water in our creeks, streams, and lakes. When testing indicates a problem area, our staff is trained to detect the source of the problem and address the behavior that is causing the concern. There are sixteen different bodies of water that are tested throughout the city. Download a map of Everett's municipal watersheds.
If you observe any dumping into a storm drain, creek or other body of water in the City of Everett, please call us at any time at 425-257-8821.
Preventing surface water pollution:
• Control fertilizer use on lawns and gardens, use natural organic fertilizers when possible. Download our Natural Yard Care booklet or visit us at 3101 Cedar Street in Everett for a copy.
• Use pesticides sparingly on lawns and gardens, and only after considering more natural methods of control. Click here to learn how to Grow Smart Grow Safe.
• Protect shrubs, vines and other plants that grow along creeks and streams.
• Dispose of pet waste by bagging it in plastic and placing it in the garbage can.
• Keep toxins, such as engine oils, paint thinners, and pesticides out of stormwater drains. Use them carefully and dispose of them safely, preferably at a household hazardous waste (HHW) collection site. Click here for location and operating hours of the Snohomish County HHW facility.
• Keep your car in good repair and whenever possible use alternative forms of transportation (car pool, walk, ride a bicycle, or take public transportation).
• Wash your car at a commercial car wash where the wash water is treated. If you cannot use a commercial carwash, wash your vehicles on a lawn or other pervious surface. If hosting a charity car wash, you can reserve a FREE car wash kit from the city to help keep pollutants out of the storm drains.