Monticello Creek Watershed

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More than 393 million gallons of rain fall on the Monticello Creek Watershed drainage area each year. (Watershed is an area that drains rainfall and snowmelt to a specific creek, stream, river, or lake.) This rain fall is equivalent to approximately 600 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Managing this rainfall is a complicated task. The City actively manages stormwater runoff in order to protect our neighborhoods from flooding, to ensure the health of our waterways, and to protect the environment.

The City is working on a Monticello Creek Watershed Restoration Plan that will improve stormwater management services in your neighborhood. This plan aims to:

  • Improve the health of Monticello Creek.
  • Identify and address potential flooding issues.
  • Partner with King County to ensure our actions are consistent with watershed restoration efforts in the region.
  • Inform and incorporate feedback from people living in this area.

Let us know! In the coming months, the City will be developing the Monticello Creek Watershed Restoration Plan as part of a community-wide effort to protect our neighborhoods and environment. Much of this plan is driven by public feedback. Please contact Peter Holte if you have questions or comments, and subscribe for project updates via the Stay Informed link on this page.

More than 393 million gallons of rain fall on the Monticello Creek Watershed drainage area each year. (Watershed is an area that drains rainfall and snowmelt to a specific creek, stream, river, or lake.) This rain fall is equivalent to approximately 600 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Managing this rainfall is a complicated task. The City actively manages stormwater runoff in order to protect our neighborhoods from flooding, to ensure the health of our waterways, and to protect the environment.

The City is working on a Monticello Creek Watershed Restoration Plan that will improve stormwater management services in your neighborhood. This plan aims to:

  • Improve the health of Monticello Creek.
  • Identify and address potential flooding issues.
  • Partner with King County to ensure our actions are consistent with watershed restoration efforts in the region.
  • Inform and incorporate feedback from people living in this area.

Let us know! In the coming months, the City will be developing the Monticello Creek Watershed Restoration Plan as part of a community-wide effort to protect our neighborhoods and environment. Much of this plan is driven by public feedback. Please contact Peter Holte if you have questions or comments, and subscribe for project updates via the Stay Informed link on this page.

  • Why is the City of Redmond restoring the Monticello Creek Watershed?

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    4 months ago

    The Redmond City Council identified enhancing and protecting streams as a necessary measure to maintain the health and sustainability of Redmond’s environment.

    Development alters the way rainfall flows over the land to streams. Increased roads, roofs and parking lots can cause large volumes of stormwater to drain into streams all at once, causing flooding, erosion and other problems.

    While the areas within the Monticello Creek Watershed are fairly healthy, thoughtful planning can address the watershed’s current health, and help ensure it is healthy into the future.

  • What's happening now?

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    4 months ago

    At this stage in the planning process, the City is evaluating which projects are preferred by the community, effective at restoring the watershed, cost-effective, and feasible to implement.

    The City is reintroducing the watershed restoration plan and will soon present the top watershed improvement projects to the community. The City will seek feedback from the community on these projects and have one-on-one conversations with adjacent neighbors. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project team will focus on online methods to inform and receive feedback from you.

    The City will consider a variety of projects, which might include:

    • Retrofitting existing stormwater storage ponds or vaults.
    • Adding low impact development (LID) approaches, such as rain gardens, bioswales or Filterra systems.
    • Installing in-stream habitat enhancements.
    • Restoring natural areas.

    Once these projects are implemented, the City will monitor project areas to measure the effectiveness of the restoration efforts.


  • Partnerships

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    4 months ago

    King County and the City of Redmond are working in partnership to restore the areas that flow into Monticello Creek. We find the best environmental outcomes occur when we manage resources together.

    View King County's 2018 Bear Creek Watershed Management Study here.