Stormwater Stars Workshops & Resources

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Learn to manage the rain that falls around your home! 

Work with your fellow community members! 

Improve your watershed!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for fall Stormwater Stars workshops! More workshops will be offered in spring 2021. Check for updates on spring workshop dates and locations.

Stormwater Stars workshops provide ideas on how to manage rain that falls around your home, school, workplace, or place of worship. You’ll receive an overview of the best ways to handle stormwater issues, and get plenty of hands-on practice in restoring soils, naturescaping with native plants, creating pervious pathways, and more. If you live, work, or play on a site that has excessive mud, pooling water, or compacted soil, then these workshops are for you! 


Erik Horngren,, 503-823-2862 or
Lorena O'Neill,

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Highlights from the 2018-19 Stormwater Stars Season



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.

Additional Stormwater Management Resources

Portland Bureau of Environmental Services

Stormwater Starts at Home!

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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.

You can also get a basic overview of simple stormwater management strategies by checking out our Stormwater Stars 101 slideshow.  




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