Public Education and Outreach Materials from Permittees

The following materials were prepared by Washington state municipal stormwater permittees to support their permit implementation. The permittees have made these materials available to others to modify for their own use. To have your materials included here, please contact your regional permit manager.

  • Thurston County has partnered with the cities of Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater to create an education program aimed at restaurant owners to eliminate improper disposal of grease/oil. Improper washing of hood filters and kitchen mats, improper cleaning of debris and dumpster maintenance and improper storage or disposal of kitchen grease/oil results in pollution being carried to storm water facilities, such as storm drains or ditches, and into bodies of water, such as streams, lakes.   Inspectors provide one-on-one technical assistance visits and provide hood stickers and poster that targets best management practices (BMPs).

  • Check out this pet waste management video produced by the City of Kent’s multi-media team and awarded first place at the 2012 National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) Government Programming Awards.  For more information or to obtain the video in an alternate format, please contact Shawn Gilbertson at the City,
  • Kitsap County developed this virtual tour of green stormwater/low impact development projects in Kitsap County in early 2012. The video’s main message is that these techniques manage stormwater in a more cost-effective and natural way, resulting in less runoff and cleaner water. The video tour was funded by a Department of Ecology grant. For more information, please contact Liz Satterthwaite or Chris May at Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management.

    • This Car Wash Kit demonstration video was produced by the Skagit Conservation District for the Skagit Marine Resources Committee with funding through the Northwest Straits. The video was created by Skagit County's media21 department in partnership with the cities of Anacortes, Mount Vernon, Sedro Woolley, and Burlington. Please contact Lori Kyle at the Skagit Conservation District, 360-428-4313, The video can be tailored for use in other jurisdictions.


    • Restaurant Focus Groups Report: Kitsap County and partners from Everett, Lacey, and King County, conducted focus groups with restaurant staff—one with employees and one with owners/managers. The focus groups were designed to identify motivators and barriers to best management practices, messaging, and how to best communicate with this business sector; and to collect information about their practices that affect stormwater runoff, specifically dumpster use, grease handling, cleaning mats and equipment, and hosing down alleys.
    • The City of Federal Way conducted a Residential Car Washwater Monitoring study. As well, they developed this "fish friendly" carwash poster/image to be mounted to A-frame signs and hand held signs.
    • The City of Poulsbo: Pet Waste FAQ
    • City of Longview: Interactive website with online Jeopardy game, FAQs, brochures, video's, and more!
    • This auto shop poster was created by Kitsap County with several statewide partners to educate auto shops across Washington State about BMPs for auto-related wastes. The County recommends printing and laminating the poster professionally and sized 11" X 17”. There is a blank space at the lower left hand corner to insert a logo and contact information. The poster’s design emerged following development of a Background Research Report which assesses the effectiveness of business outreach materials AND testing by focus groups. A final report on the pilot testing done in 5 Washington State communities summarizes the findings of the project. Funded by an Ecology Grant of Regional or Statewide Significance.
    • The City of Bellevue created the following three posters to educate businesses about proper techniques for emptying mop buckets, washing a vehicle fleet, and cleaning up spills. Please contact Elaine Borjeson if you are interested in obtaining any of this artwork.
    • A local Bainbridge Island citizen environmentalist and educator worked with school-age kids to create this educational poster, which greets visitors arriving to the Island by ferry.
    • The City of Kent prepared a Doggy Doodie mailer for community residents and a single family construction mailer for construction applicants. For more information, or to obtain these files in another format, contact Shawn Gilbertson, Kent NPDES Coordinator, at
    • Snohomish County and its partners in Kitsap County and the cities of Moses Lake, Wenatchee and Seattle, developed an education and outreach campaign (Dump Smart – It’s Not Just Water) for 3 mobile business sectors: carpet cleaners, painters and power/pressure washers. Find out how to run this mobile business education program in your jurisdiction in the Dump Smart – It’s Not Just Water, Stormwater Pollution Prevention for Mobile Businesses, June 2011 project report. Contact your Ecology regional permit specialist if you need the educational materials in a native file format and if you need window clings (a limited supply is available). Funded by an Ecology stormwater Grant of Regional or Statewide Significance.
    • Lost and (Puget) Sound This 27 min. cinematic feature follows three teens who lose a key down a storm drain. In their search for the key they learn about stormwater pollution and discover they can do something about it. The film, which complements mainstream science curriculum (grades 3-9), was produced by the City of Seattle in partnership with Seattle Public Schools, Everett Public Schools and the City of Tacoma. Teaching guide, student worksheets, and related classroom activities are available at Seattle’s website:

    Funded by an Ecology Grant of Regional or Statewide Significance.

    • Seattle Public Utilities produced the following 30-second PSAs using film and audio from the Lost and (Puget) Sound project. They each have a regional water quality message including Puget Sound Starts Here. Contact Beth Miller at Seattle Public Utilities for information about this project.

      Car Leaks  

      Funded by an Ecology stormwater Grant of Regional or Statewide Significance

      Car Wash  

      Funded by an Ecology stormwater Grant of Regional or Statewide Significance

      Yard Care  

      Funded by an Ecology stormwater Grant of Regional or Statewide Significance


    • Only Rain Down the Drain” webpage from Asotin County and the Eastern Washington Stormwater Coordinators Forum has a tool box and common theme. Contact Cheryl Sonnen at Asotin County Public Works for more information. The tool box on this webpage contains:
      • Logo Kit, and PowerPoint presentation.
      • Brochures, print ads, and posters.
      • PSA short TV videos, radio spots, and billboards.
      • Cool tips for how to be more environmentally friendly.
    • Fix that Leak! Oil and Water Don’t Mix.” The YouTube site is a partnership between SPU, Ecology, Washington DECA and South Seattle Community College. Seattle used part of the FY2011 Municipal Stormwater Capacity Grant to conduct education and outreach on BMPs to the public around vehicle maintenance, and to work with KUBE 93 radio station and DECA to educate young drivers about the importance of car maintenance. For questions, Contact Kevin Buckley.


    Ecology has not formally reviewed and approved these materials.