What do I get from the Stormwater Utility?

The Stormwater Utility (SWU) attempts to assure that there will be long term funding to pay for construction, maintenance and repair of stormwater facilities. Douglas County’s Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan (PDF) identifies many capital improvement projects in the Greater East Wenatchee area aimed to mitigate chronic flooding problems. Multiple projects have been completed to date such as:

  • Canyon B channel stabilization
  • Drywell installation and repair in East Wenatchee and the Fancher Heights area
  • Canyon A culverts at Eastmont/3rd Street SE
  • Construction of detention basins at 4th Street SE, 10th Street SE, 23rd Street NE and 35th Street NE
  • Obtaining capacity in a stormwater conveyance system, 27th Street NW to the river

Stormwater utility funds pay for improving and maintaining the storm drainage system. Improvements to the overall drainage system may have more direct benefits to some, but that does not impact the fairness of the rate or that we all benefit from stormwater management. While your property may not be physically connected to the drainage system, the storm water utility improves and maintains upstream facilities which in turn protects your property. Everybody benefits from the maintenance and improvements provided by the stormwater utility, through an improved environment, better access to roads during storm events, and reduced flooding during abnormal years. Maintenance of the storm drainage system helps to ensure the safety and reliability of the road system within the Stormwater Utility Area. Every developed property benefits from maintenance and improvements to the storm drainage system.

Report Chronic Drainage Problems

If you are aware of a chronic drainage problem please contact Jennifer Lange at:
140 19th Street NW
East Wenatchee, WA 98802
Phone: 509-886-3728