Stormwater Stars Workshops & Resources


Do you want to learn how to better manage the rain that falls around your home? Join us for the newly updated Stormwater Stars workshops!

Stormwater Stars workshops teach participants to plan and install 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.  These 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.

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.  



Who benefits when you manage stormwater? 

  • You
  • Wildlife 
  • Your community 


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! 


Our Fall 2016 workshop series has ended.  Send an email to to be notified of future course offerings. 


Stormwater Stars Course Content

Introductory Workshop: Plan and Design Best Practices 
Sunday, September 18, 2016
9 am - 3 pm 

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 two sites, perform a site assessment to look for opportunities, and then return to our desks to collaborate on site designs for each of them. 


Workshops 2 & 3: Build the Best Practices
Sunday October 16, 2016 AND Saturday, October 29, 2016
9 am - 1 pm 

Participants will receive additional training as we install stormwater projects at two demonstration sites. We'll work together to implement the final design resulting from a combination of the planning and design work in the Introductory Workshop, with some additional consultation with each of the landowners. Because we will focus on different techniques and conditions at each site, participants are encouraged (but not required) to attend both! 


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


Missed the introductory workshop and want to understand more about stormwater management and design principles before attending a Build workshop?  Here's a video recording from the Introduction to Stormwater workshop held in March 2015:


Participants receive hands-on training while installing stormwater projects.




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 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 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.