Watershed Protection Department
Originally called the Drainage Utility, the Watershed Protection Department was established in 1991 to manage the City’s creeks, drainage systems and water quality programs. Our focus is reducing the impact of flooding, erosion and water pollution. We have a multi-tiered approach including:
- A wide variety of programs to maintain infrastructure, protect against erosion and flooding, and fight against pollution
- Construction projects, both large-scale Capital Improvement Projects and smaller in-house projects, to fix existing problems.
- Regulations on development to prevent future problems.
Our budget for Fiscal Year 2023 is $115 million and we have 443 employees. We are mostly funded by the drainage charge on your utility bill. Some projects also receive bond or grant funding.