Within the City of Bremerton, the Department of Public Works and Utilities is responsible for stormwater and surface water management. Stormwater management is necessary to protect public health and to preserve the extraordinary natural resources and quality of life of Bremerton.
Stormwater is impacted by the everyday actions of residents and businesses. Rainwater that falls onto hard surfaces flows into storm drains and discharges directly into Puget Sound and our lakes and streams. Along the way, stormwater picks up pollutants such as oil on roadways, bacteria from pet waste, fertilizers from yards, and suds from car washing. We can all make positive changes to reduce contamination of stormwater and protect aquatic and human health.
Stormwater Management Program
The City of Bremerton must follow federal and state stormwater regulations and must maintain a Stormwater Management Program. City of Bremerton stormwater fees support the maintenance and construction of the stormwater collection system, street sweeping, environmental monitoring, and education on effective stormwater practices.
Stormwater System Maintenance Manual
Bremerton developed a maintenance manual for use by City staff and private system owners to set standards that define when maintenance is needed and how to keep the systems working as designed. This manual meets requirements set by the current Ecology Stormwater Management Manual for Western Washington (SWMMWW), our adopted manual, and NPDES Phase II Stormwater Permit. The Manual includes guidance for proprietary treatment systems such as Filterra, BioPods, Modular Wetlands, cartridge systems and Jellyfish to name a few. It will be updated as regulations change to meet the new requirements set by Washington State Department of Ecology. The manual can be downloaded here.
Comments & Feedback
The City highly encourages public comment and participation in the development, implementation, and update of the Stormwater Management Program (SWMP). The latest update to the SWMP is posted to this website. In addition, please take a few moments to give us your feedback by submitting an online survey.