The Surface Water Management Division (SWM) is responsible for the comprehensive management of the City's manmade and natural surface water systems. This involves protecting developed and undeveloped properties from flooding, runoff and water quality problems while continuing to accommodate new residential and commercial growth. The SWM Division also promotes the preservation of natural drainage systems, protection of fishery resources, and wildlife habitat. The SWM Division provides all surface water related services for the City of Lakewood. These services are provided in the form of the following programs: Administration, Engineering Services, Surface Water Quality Programs, and Maintenance Services. Capital projects are budgeted in the Surface Water Management Fund.
American Lake Vegetation Manangement Plan
In recent years Eurasian Watermilfoil (milfoil) has become a problem in American Lake. This species of milfoil, which is a state-listed noxious weed, has spread to numerous shorelines around the lake, forming dense stands that extend approximately 15 feet deep. Swimming, boating, fishing and other recreational uses have been greatly impacted where milfoil is present. The transfer of milfoil to other lakes from boats or other watercraft using American Lake is also a major concern. Milfoil adversely impacts the diversity of native plant communities and native fish and wildlife populations.
Lakewood received a $30,000 grant from the state Department of Ecology to prepare an Integrated Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan to begin the process of reducing the amount of milfoil in American Lake and control its further spread. A stakeholder committee was formed in 2017 to guide the planning effort. Committee members include property owners on the lake as well as representatives from Camp Murray, American Lake VA Hospital, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, all who have lakefront property.
Lakewood hired Aquatechnex to assist with preparing the management plan.View plan updates here . Efforts to control milfoil can begin once the plan is complete and ultimately approved by ecology.
Waughop Lake Management Plan
The City of Lakewood received a grant from the Department of Ecology in 2014 to develop a Lake Management Plan for Waughop Lake, located in Ft. Steilacoom Park. The overall goal of the Plan is to develop strategies to protect and improve the lake uses currently impaired by the degraded water quality. The City retained the engineering firm Brown and Caldwell and the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) to help develop the plan.
The plan recommends a phased approach to address the lake water quality. The first phase of the plan recommends treating the whole lake with alum. This will bind up phosphorus, which is the problem nutrient in the lake, and lead to improved water quality. Alum treatment is considered a short-term fix, with improved water quality for up to 10 years. The second phase of the plan recommends dredging the lake. This will remove the phosphorus from the lake bottom sediment and lead to long-term improved water quality.
The lake management plan was adopted by the Lakewood City Council on March 6, 2017. Next steps include securing the park property from the State of Washington, and securing funding and permitting for the proposed remediation actions.
2017 Stormwater Management Program
The City of Lakewood has updated its Stormwater Management Program that will continue to guide efforts to further improve the water quality of our City’s stormwater discharges. The program is part of the City’s compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit or NPDES, which is a requirement of the federal Clean Water Act. The program establishes the local regulations, maintenance and administrative procedures, and educational and outreach programs that the City will continue to act upon to address and reduce pollution from stormwater discharges. The Washington State Department of Ecology administers the program in our state.
For more information contact Greg Vigoren at (253) 983-7771.
2016 Stormwater Management Program Annual Report
The City has also filed an Annual Report with the state Department of Ecology to report on our stormwater management program activities from 2016.
Spill and Hazardous Material Response
In order to protect the health and welfare of our citizens and environment, the City is committed to responding to oil and hazardous material spills. Contact information is as follows:
O&M Division 24-hour number: (253) 267-1628
1-800-OILS-911 (Washington Department of Emergency Management)
1-800-424-8802 (U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center)
Public Works is located on the 2nd floor of City Hall located at:
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98499-5027
Main phone number for general information: (253) 589-2489
Right-of-Way Permit Inspections Hotline (provide 2 business days notice): (253) 983-7891
After hours emergency: (253) 267-1628
Life-threatening emergencies please call: 911