Many of our homes have gutters and downspouts that are piped directly to the driveway, sidewalk, or street, allowing the stormwater to run unmanaged to the stormwater pipes, which go directly to the creek. This contributes massive amounts of runoff to the creek. For example, if you have a 2,000 square-foot home, your roof sheds over 1,000 gallons of water during a one-inch rainfall! With so many people piping the runoff directly to the creek, it never gets the chance to recover.

Downspout heading to creek

Downspouts heading to the creek
Image source: ECWA

Downspout heading to creek

Downspout disconnection
Image source: US EPA


Most yards have some area downhill that can safely infiltrate that water. So, run the downspout to where they can benefit trees, plants, or grass in your yard without affecting structures on your property or your neighbor’s.

This practice is easy to do yourself, but we can help you learn how. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or attend one of our workshops.