Surface Water Master Plan Update


Are you interested in protecting in-stream habitat for our local fish and wildlife? Do you want to ensure that pollutants stay out of our local waterways? Are you concerned about flooding issues in Kirkland?

Kirkland’s Storm & Surface Water Division is updating the City’s Surface Water Master Plan and we need your input to develop an effective plan.

Learn about the Surface Water Master Plan and give your input in a few different ways: 

Tell us about rainwater issues you've experienced in Kirkland. These issues may include flooding or drainage issues, water pollution problems in our creeks or lakes, failing drainage structures, etc.

Sign up for email updates to learn about upcoming engagement opportunities. 


What is Kirkland's Storm & Surface Water Division?

Kirkland Public Works' Storm & Surface Water Division works to:

Reduce flooding in our streets and neighborhoods

Improve the water quality in our creeks, lakes, and wetlands

Ensure the proper operation of all public and private stormwater systems in Kirkland

Improve in-stream habitat conditions for fish and wildlife

…for our community and future generations.

You can see us in the community as we fix drainage problems, prevent water pollution, and maintain the stormwater drainage system. These services are funded by a utility charge paid by property owners in Kirkland.


What is Kirkland's Surface Water Master Plan?

The Surface Water Master Plan is a five to ten-year strategic plan for managing storm and surface water in Kirkland. It outlines the priorities and needs of surface water related programs and projects to ensure:

  • Effective natural resource and infrastructure management
  • Compliance with local, state, and federal regulations
  • Coordination with internal and external partners responsible for storm and surface water management.

City code (KMC 15.52.030) requires that a Plan be developed by the City and adopted by the Kirkland City Council.


Why is the Surface Water Master Plan being updated?

The current Surface Water Master Plan(PDF, 33MB) was last updated in 2014. The City has since implemented many of the programs and projects in that Plan.

We are updating the Plan to:

  • Confirm Division goals and policies
  • Assess current challenges and opportunities
  • Evaluate the impact of local, state, and federal regulatory programs on the Storm and Surface Water program
  • Update the inventory and condition of stormwater infrastructure and identify infrastructure needs
  • Outline recommended programs and projects
  • Evaluate rates and revenue necessary to support the projects and programs of the Division.


How can I get involved?

We are planning a 2-phase community engagement process:

  • Summer-Winter 2021: Build awareness of the Master Plan and gather community input to inform content of draft Master Plan.
  • Spring-Summer 2022: Gather community input on draft Master Plan.

We will use several channels to share opportunities to provide input on the plan, including this project website, mailings, online forums, community briefings, and more.

We welcome your comments and input at any time. Please email us at