STormwater Outreach for Regional Municipalities (STORM)

STORM is a regional organization promoting stormwater quality education within the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. STORM uses a multimedia approach targeting audiences through radio, television, special events, and providing permit information to the general public and the regulated community.

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Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday

When threatened by flooding, the last thing on the mind is water quality; and, concerns over quantity will prevail. When not in imminent danger from flood waters, perhaps consider everyday actions that could make a difference in the quality of stormwater runoff. Cooperative efforts among government entities in the public education realm have been a "major success," says Snitzer, citing the work that's been accomplished through Stormwater Outreach for Regional Municipalities (STORM). Read more:


STormwater Outreach for Regional Municipalities, known as STORM, is a regional organization promoting stormwater quality education within the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. STORM was founded in 2002, in response to federal regulations requiring certain municipalities to implement measures to educate the public on ways to protect the quality of stormwater runoff.

2016 National Association of Counties Award

STORM is proud to announce that Maricopa County Environmental Services Department has earned the 2016 National Association of Counties award for its School Outreach Program. Since 2012, the MC Environmental Services Department has been re-working their outreach program. In 2014, they incorporated a mascot, Sam the Salamander, a slogan, Make Clean Storm Drains Happen, and a multi-grade educational lesson program to ramp up the school age stormwater education. The program outperformed permit requirements for classroom training, and owes some of its success to alignment with the Arizona Science State Standard, which was achieved by seamlessly meshing stormwater lessens with grade specific school curriculums. This approach has created a unique learning atmosphere for k-8 students. Program success has been measured by the rise in teacher class requests and the surge of school age children trained.

For more information on Maricopa County's Stormwater Program, please E-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (602) 506-5557.

Flash Flooding

Many of you may be aware of the flash flooding that hit US89A between Marble Canyon and House Rock Valley on August 9th. The rain total was between 1.3 and 1.7 inches in 15-20 minutes and is an estimated 200 year event. The really large (trailer-size) boulders in some of the photos were washed down to the culverts from House Rock Valley which is about 1.5 miles upstream. Some of these were actually pushed up onto the road surface when they met the culverts.
Source: David Zimmerman, ADOT Historic Preservation

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Clear Protection for Clean Water

Today, in an historic step for the protection of clean water, EPA and the U.S. Army finalized a rule under the Clean Water Act to more clearly protect the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources.

Clean water and water ecology are topics of special interest to many environmental educators. Students of all ages understand the importance of clean water in their own lives. Local watersheds provide opportunities to connect students to nature.

Learn more about protecting clean water with these resources.

Visit the website.

Use social media, new videos and graphics to spark your students' interest.

Explore an interactive map on local drinking water.

Find more water education resources for your classroom.


Tres Rios Nature Festival
03/05/16 9am - 3pm

Tres Rios Nature Festival
03/06/16 9am - 3pm

AZ Stormwater Summit 2016

Glendale’s Surviving the Summer Festival
Fountain Park 67851 N. Sunset Blvd, Glendale

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To contact a member or report a problem within your community, click on the appropriate link below.


Washing Your Vehicle
Detergents, cleansers, and solvents used while washing your vehicle can cause stormwater pollution...
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Vehicle Maintenance
For do-it-yourselfers, performing car maintenance at your home is a good way to keep busy and save money...
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Construction Permits
Stormwater discharges associated with construction activities can cause physical, chemical, and biological...
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