Surface Water Management Project

Surface Water Management Project

Finn Hill Surface Water Management and Drainage Concerns

From Dec-2011 to May-2012, residents of Finn Hill collected information about surface water concerns in our Kirkland, Washington neighborhood. Data collection methods included field reconnaissance, telephone interviews, e-mail correspondence, and a targeted Internet survey.

Our results and recommendations for the Finn Hill neighborhood are similar to those published by the Puget Sound Action Team and the Puget Sound Partnership for watersheds across the Puget Sound basin. Initial results of our project are summarized in five categories of surface water issues. We include recommended actions for each category:
Juanita Drive and proximity – Juanita Drive and other impervious surfaces are the primary sources of polluted runoff in the Finn Hill neighborhood…

  • Denny Creek – We propose a capital improvement project to Daylight the creek crossing under Juanita Drive, and to install check dams to slow water flow downstream of the road and to improve fish habitat…
  • Repair old infrastructure – Storm water retention ponds throughout the neighborhood need maintenance or repair…
  • Concerns raised by individual land owners – These concerns include mud slides, rogue runoff, and culvert inlets that are prone to failure…
  • Best practices for low impact development – We provide several examples of poorly implemented surface water management in new residential developments…

Communication with Kirkland Public Works is underway to discuss results and recommendations. Solutions will be discussed and implemented on an ongoing basis. Solutions will be funded by the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance, private funding, grant money, the City of Kirkland, and other government agencies.

Prepared by Lou Berner

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