Learn to manage the rain that falls around your home!
Work with your fellow community members!
Improve your watershed!
Join us for the annual Stormwater Stars workshops to learn all these things and more!
Stormwater Stars workshops lead participants in hands-on planning and installation of yard-scale stormwater management techniques, including soil amendments, permeable walkways, pavement removal, lawn reduction/replacement, native landscaping, and biodegradable erosion control to reduce the volume of stormwater runoff and sediment pollution generated by their property.
These practices reduce stream bank erosion, pollution, habitat degradation, and flooding in local streams while creating backyard habitat and reducing the need for harmful lawn and garden chemicals. Stormwater Stars practices may also help with minor drainage issues such as damp lawns, low-lying soggy areas and surface erosion.
Workshops and home visits conducted through this program DO NOT include recommendations for drainage piping or plumbing, basement flooding, foundation problems or foundation drains, French drains, retaining walls, landslide prevention, mitigation of high groundwater, or the capture and infiltration of runoff. We recommend that property owners consult a qualified licensed engineer to address such issues.
Anyone can be a Stormwater Star -- join us to learn how to improve your watershed's health! This design-build workshop series provides participants with hands-on installation experience, and engages you in a supportive community to help you get the job done where you live!
Sign up for 2018 Stormwater Stars Workshops
We will be offering four Stormwater Stars workshops this season:
Saturday February 24th 2018, 9am-1pm, in the Maplewood neighborhood
Saturday March 10th 2018, 9am-1pm, in the Forest Park neighborhood
Sunday March 18th 2018, 9am-1pm, more info coming soon!
Sunday April 8th 2018, 9am-1pm, in the Hayhurst neighborhood
Sign up here if you'd like to learn more and attend a workshop.
Additional Stormwater Management Resources
- Portland Bureau of Environmental Services:
- West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District:
The Stormwater Stars program was developed by the Stormwater Stars Partners (Green Girl Land Development Solutions LLC , Stamberger Outreach Consulting, Southwest Watershed Resource Center and West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District). Funding for the program’s development was provided by the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District. No risk or liability of any partner organizations shall be assumed for information offered through this program and its materials.
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 March 2017 Sylvan Highlands neighborhood meeting. If you are interested in hosting a similar presentation for your neighborhood association, faith community or other group, please contact email@example.com or 503-823-2862.
If you would like to receive announcements for similar workshops in the future, subscribe to the SW Watershed e-newsletter - check the SW Watershed "Riffles" box.
Want to get a feel for the Stormwater Stars approach? Here's a video recording from the Introduction to Stormwater workshop held in March 2015:
Thanks to West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District for funding this much needed program!