Stormwater Workshops & Resources

Stormwater Challenge Workshops


NOTE: Past information from Fall 2015 is listed below -- stay tuned for announcement of Fall 2016 series in August!


Stormwater Workshop flyer - click for PDF

Do you want to save money on your landscaping? Or learn how to reduce runoff, improve stream health, and reduce flooding in the challenging hills and soils of SW Portland? This workshop series will help!


Workshop Series

Introduction to Stormwater Workshop:
Sunday, October 4th, 9am-3pm

In this workshop you’ll learn how to identify and locate a variety of landscape approaches that are safe, simple, cost-effective, and environmentally effective regardless of the site’s natural conditions. We’ll visit residences, perform a site assessment to look for opportunities, and then return to our desks to collaborate on site designs for each one. 

Here's a video recording from a previous Stormwater for Challenging Sites introductory workshop:

Hands-On Workshops - Build the Best Practices Demonstration Workshops

  • Sunday, November 1st, 9am-1pm
  • Sunday, November 15th, 9am-1pm

Participants receive additional hands-on training as we install stormwater projects at two residential demonstration sites with varying types of challenging conditions. We work together to implement designs from the Introductory Workshop, with some additional consultation with each of the homeowners. Because we focus on different techniques and conditions at each site, participants are encouraged (but not required) to attend all workshops. Locations will be provided prior to workshop date.

Participants receive hands-on training while installing stormwater projects.

For more information on workshop content, visit the course website at:



Thanks to West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District for funding this much needed program!


Additional Stormwater Management Resources

For a brief overview of the science, regulation and management of stormwater, and stormwater practices for challenging sites, check out the Stormwater Starts at Home presentation (PDF) from the May 2014 SW Hills Residential League quarterly meeting. If you are interested in hosting a similar presentation for your SW Portland neighborhood, faith community or other group, please contact or 503-823-2862.

If you are unable to attend the Fall 2015 stormwater workshop series, and would like to receive announcements for similar workshops in the future, subscribe to the SW Watershed e-newsletter - check the SW Watershed "Riffles" box.