What We Do
The City of Arlington Stormwater Utility provides our customers with reliable, quality service that protects public health, natural resources and receiving waters. The utility works with landowners and city staff to assure our surface waters meet or exceed local, state and federal water quality standards. We are fortunate in that our streams traveling through town continue to have coho salmon and cutthroat trout spawning and living out their various life stages. Many of us also enjoy swimming in the Stillaguamish River on a hot summer day. Through the proper management of stormwater this activity should continue on for generations.
The Source of Stormwater and Its Destination
Stormwater is surface water generally associated with rain fall that flows into and through the City’s drainage systems. There is no single system, but rather multiple systems with nearly 3,500 catch basins and 48 miles of conveyance lines. Included in our systems are natural stream channels, culverts, ditches, detention ponds, wetlands and infiltration systems.
The natural streams that run through Arlington include:
- Eagle Creek
- Edgcomb creek a tributary to Quilceda Creek and the Snohomish Estuary
- Kruger Creek
- March Creek
- Portage Creek
- Prairie Creek
We contribute surface and groundwater to these natural systems and share the watersheds with animals, birds, and fish. A majority of Arlington’s drinking water comes from wells which are fed from surface waters that have infiltrated from locations upstream and around Arlington.
In accordance with our National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II permit issued by Department of Ecology we provide the 24-hour spill hotline, 360-403-4600. If you see discharges or spills such as paint, oil, fuel, muddy water or strange odors leave a message on the hotline and we will investigate.
What You Can Do
- Never pour oil, antifreeze, paint on the ground or into a storm drain
- Keep your dog on a leash and pick up their waste and put it in the garbage.
- Always recycle used motor oil.
- Dispose of all hazardous household products at the hazardous waste facility.
- Use natural fertilizers and pest controls.
- Use commercial car washes, water less car wash or wash your car on the lawn.
- Protect and restore stream side habitat with native trees and shrubs.
- Allow and encourage the infiltration of rain water.
- Where can I go for more information?
- Are there any possible credits available?
- How much hard surface area is an ESU?
- How is the impervious surface measured?
- Where can I get a copy of the Arlington Design and Construction Standards?
- How do I schedule an inspection?
- Why should I pay for rain falling on my property?
- How will we be able to see where our money has been going, and what will the priorities be?
- What is the City currently doing about these problems?
- Why is storm water such a problem?
- What is the city’s responsibility for storm water?
- Are there any credits available to senior citizens or low-income residents?
- What is a Storm Water Revenue Fund?
- How does the Stormwater Utility work?
- Why do we need to spend more for storm water?
- How is a storm water user fee charged?
- Why should I have to pay? I live on a hill and have no drainage problem.
- I have a septic tank. Why should I pay this fee?
- How is the Stormwater Utility collected?
- How are differences between parcels determined?