OEC is working to reduce urban runoff by preventing pollution and promoting sustainable stormwater management practices.
Once rain falls onto the hard surfaces of streets, sidewalks, parking lots and rooftops, it picks up any and all pollutants that are in its path, gathering volume and speed until it enters a stormdrain and is piped underground or directly into a stream. It substantially alters the natural hydrology of watersheds and causes water pollution. Stormwater runoff hinders the ability of rivers and streams to support aquatic life and it contributes to bacteria-laden waters unsafe for swimming, fish so contaminated with toxins that they are unsafe to eat, and property damage caused by widening stream channels and increased flooding. OEC's work to reduce urban runoff includes:
Low Impact Development Guidance Manual for Western Oregon
In 2014 & 2015, OEC is developing an implementation guide for planning, design, construction and maintenance of LID practices (also often called "green infrastructure). The guide is designed with small and mid-sized cities in mind.
Stormwater Solutions Workshops
We partnered with OSU Extension / Oregon Sea Grant to organize a series of "Stormwater Solutions Workshops" about more sustainable stormwater management practices, commonly known as "Low Impact Development." We've held workshops in the Rogue Valley, Willamette Valley, Central Oregon and the Coast.
Low Impact Development Powerpoint
Several members of our local advisory committees requested a presentation that they could use to talk to their city councils or other groups about LID. Download the presentation. It may take a few minutes to download this file.
To receive updates about OEC's stormwater work, plus announcements about other educational opportunities and regulatory issues relating to stormwater in Oregon, join the Oregon Stormwater group.
In 2007, OEC convened a statewide task force and produced a report called "Stormwater Solutions: Turning Oregon's Rain Back into a Resource." The report describes how stormwater impacts Oregon's streams and rivers and includes a set of recommendations for reducing those impacts.