What is Stormwater?
Stormwater runoff is water from rain or melting snow that "runs off" across the land instead of seeping into the ground. Generally speaking, stormwater is rain that washes off driveways, parking lots, roads, yards, rooftops, and other hard surfaces. Stormwater runoff is a concern, as it can pollute lakes and streams. Together, the City of Lynden and its residents need to take an active role in keeping our stormwater clean.
What is Stormwater? Tune in here to explore where rainwater goes, how it can become an issue, and what we can do to keep our creeks, rivers, and bays clean.
Tune in to learn about the natural resources that make up the Nooksack River Watershed. Learn tips for maintaining a healthy habitat and clean water for various aquatic species including Pacific Salmon.
What Is the City Doing to Clean up Stormwater?
Lynden's population has grown and we are now required to develop a Stormwater Management Program. This Stormwater Management Program details how we plan to comply with the terms and conditions of our National Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II Permit.
In 2013 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) identified Lynden, based on size and location, as one of thousands of municipalities in the U.S. requiring an NPDES stormwater permit. Lynden is required to maintain its municipal drainage system, which flows into waters of the United States.
The Lynden Public Works Department provides environmentally sound, efficient and effective management of the City's storm drainage system. This system is comprised of catch basins, curbs, gutters, ditches, man-made channels, pipes, culverts and storm drains. Most of what comes into City storm drains eventually flows into Fishtrap Creek and ultimately into the Nooksack River, both of which are considered waters of the United States.
- Stormwater Management Program Development
- Stormwater Planning
- Public Education and Outreach
- Public Involvement and Participation Component
- Stormwater System (MS4) Mapping and Documentation
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- Controlling Runoff from New Development, Redevelopment, and Construction Sites
- Operation and Maintenance for Municipal Operations
- Source Control Program for Existing Development
- Water Quality Monitoring of Stormwater and Fishtrap Creek
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- Stormwater Management Program Reports
- Comprehensive Stormwater Management Plan (PDF)
- Stormwater Projects
What Can You Do for Clean Water?
We can all have a part in preserving and improving the quality of water in our local waterways. Stormwater that runs off properties and into streets travels down storm drains directly to the nearest stream, wetland, lake or pond. The City works to ensure that all waterways remain clean and comply with the Clean Water Act and you can help.
- Always Pick up Pet Waste (PDF)
- Wash Vehicles at the Car Wash, Not on the Street (PDF)
- Fix Vehicle Leaks Promptly
- Keep Storm Drains Free of Debris
- Inspect and Maintain Your Septic System Regularly
- Compost or Collect Your Grass Clippings
- Minimize Fertilizer and Pesticide Use on Lawns
- Secure Trash and Pet Food to Discourage Urban Wildlife
- Plant Native Trees and Shrubs
What's the water quality like in different areas of Whatcom County? View the Interactive County-Wide Water Quality Maps to learn more.
For additional information and resources, please visit the following sites:
- Puget Sound Partnership
- Skagit Conservation District
- Washington Stormwater Center
- Whatcom Conservation District
- Whatcom County
Report Suspected Pollution or Illegal Dumping
The Stormwater Program provides for investigation and resolution of drainage complaints, reported pollution, and flood management. Witness a spill or suspicious discharge? You can choose to remain anonymous.
To preserve the health of local streams, creeks and rivers, report any suspected water pollution by calling the Public Works Department at:
- 360-354-3446 during work hours (8 am to 5 pm)
- 360-815-5755 outside of normal working hours
- or email anytime
For hazardous materials spills call 911 and dispatchers will immediately contact the appropriate agencies.
We Want to Hear from You
The City of Lynden is always seeking public involvement on stormwater management issues. Public comments or questions may be sent to the Public Department at Lynden City Hall, 300 4th Street, Lynden, WA or email Mark Sandal.