Find out how Seattle Public Utilities is working to protect our waterways so the city continues to be an amazing place to live. SPU maintains the city’s vast network of sewage and drainage systems and have a number of programs and capital improvement projects designed to protect water quality.
By 2021, SPU plans to complete $43 million in flood control projects to protect health, safety and the environment. SPU recently completed the Thornton Creek Confluence and Meadowbrook Pond Project. Thornton Creek is Seattle’s largest watershed, where residents, fish and wildlife live. This project removed a small culvert and opened up the floodplain, allowing the creek to naturally meander and reduce flooding to nearby homes and the road. Learn more about the project from the Protecting Seattle’s Waterways video.
SPU also has a Spill Response Team who’s responsible for responding to anything involving water pollution. The Spill Response Team responds to anything involving traffic accidents to illegal dumping directly into our waterways and investigates these issues. Watch our new video and learn more about what Seattle’s drainage and wastewater staff do!