Surface Water Management

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.

This web site provides information about Finn Hill surface water management project (SWAMP) activities coordinated by Lou Berner, a Finn Hill resident.

Results and recommendations for the Finn Hill neighborhood are similar to those published by the Puget Sound Action Team, Puget Sound Keepers, 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: Juanita Drive and other impermeable surfaces, Denny Creek, infrastructure improvements, residential surface water concerns, and best practices for low impact development.

While we continue to gather information about surface water management, we have begun to work with Kirkland Public Works to implement solutions for known issues.

Have a suggestion?

Have a surface water issue to report?

Use the links below to find out more, communicate with the surface water team, or to get involved.

Feedback and Comments about the project so far:

This is a marvelous document! Thanks so much for all your work in pulling this together. It will be a big help as I continue to learn about the Finn Hill Neighborhood. – Kirkland Public Works

VERY impressive report! Very professional. I hope that it can prompt some action. A great model for other communities, if they are lucky enough to have such an active community group and cooperative city staff. I will be interested to hear to what extent you are able to make progress on the issues identified – please keep me posted. – Area resident

This is a great example of a community group identifying surface water concerns and working in conjunction with their local government to address them! – Eric Adman, President of the Sno-King Watershed Council

Putting the information together in a professional package, like Finn Hill has done, can really add to the impact when presenting the material to local governments or others. – Area resident

Thanks so much for you care and passion for our neighborhood. I’m so impressed with your energy and efforts. I’m thankful because maybe someone will listen about the water problems on my property and my neighbors. I’ve spent so much money but there is only so much I can do. Maybe this will help! – Finn Hill resident

Protecting the Denny Creek Watershed

Posted by on Jul 3, 2012 in FHNA History, Surface Water Mgmt | Comments Off on Protecting the Denny Creek Watershed

Protecting the Denny Creek Watershed

In 2007, a team of DCNA volunteers–George Ploudre, Kurt Seiffert, and Jim Sproull–completed a three-year study of Denny Creek and the 860-acre watershed surrounding it to assess the creek’s health and identify reasons why salmon and cutthroat trout were absent from it. Through extensive scientific testing and observation, the team concluded that housing developments above the creek were impeding the watershed’s ability to supply a controlled flow of water to Denny Creek, and also that King County drainage plans were moving water to other...

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Clean Cars, Clean Creeks!

Posted by on Jul 3, 2012 in Surface Water Mgmt | Comments Off on Clean Cars, Clean Creeks!

Though a time-honored tradition, we now know that washing your car in your driveway or on a neighborhood street pollutes waterways via storm drains. The rinse water from your car contains road grime, oil, grease, heavy metals, and soap. Even small amounts of these pollutants are toxic to fish and other aquatic animals. Letting your car wash water go into a storm drain not only pollutes your lakes and creeks, it’s also against the law (Kirkland Municipal Code Chapter 15.52). What can you do? Wash your car at a commercial car wash. They are...

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