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Stormwater/Drainage

The City's stormwater drainage system includes streets, ditches, culverts, pipes, swales, detention ponds and other publicly-owned facilities that collect and/or convey stormwater.

The Public works crew manages and maintains the City's stormwater collection and conveyance system.  Maintenance work includes spraying, street cleaning, ditch cleaning, catch basin cleaning, and other similar activities.  The natural drainage system consists of the Robinson Creek, Burris Creek, Horseshoe Lake and the Lewis River.  Some runoff ends up in ditches that are maintained by the Diking District.  Stormwater runoff rates are controlled by detention facilities in neighborhoods and at some commercial properties. Stormwater treatment is obtained by either grass swales or catch basin filters in newer areas.  Older parts of town that were developed prior to the current stormwater standards do not have stormwater treatment for runoff.  

As development occurs, the City seeks to minimize urban runoff that could carry bacteria and other pollutants into our local creeks, our watershed and to the ocean by requiring developers to treat and detain the runoff from their properties.  The City currently requires developments to meet the 1992 Puget Sound Stormwater Manual from the Department of Ecology.  This is the standard manual for small communities in rural counties.

One of the goals of the Woodland Planning Commission in 2012 was to create a new stormwater ordinance.  The new stormwater ordinance, which was passed in 2013, updates our existing ordinance and provides better clarification on the requirements for property owners.

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COMPREHENSIVE FLOOD HAZARD AND DRAINAGE MANAGEMENT PLAN

In 2000 the City of Woodland completed a Comprehensive Flood Hazard and Drainage Management Plan.