Upland Restoration

Green Infrastructure

Reducing the Impacts of Runoff​

Stormwater management is a cost-effective method of managing the effects of wet weather on flooding and water quality within developed areas. In order to reduce pollution from stormwater runoff, surfaces such as asphalt and concrete can be reduced in size. These surfaces are harmful because they are impervious: they do not allow water to soak into the ground, so it flows off of them and carries pollutants into the stream. When water soaks into the soil instead of flowing through pipes, it reaches the creek more slowly and helps reduce flooding.

In order to promote sustainable practices, the Johnson Creek Watershed Council is partnering with local businesses, churches, and schools to fund green infrastructure projects within the community.

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Get Involved

If your business, school, or church is interested in investing in its own green infrastructure project, the Johnson Creek Watershed Council can help. As your project partner, we may be able to contribute a portion of the project funding, assist with project permitting as needed, and facilitate communication with engineers and contractors. Additionally, we can help with publicity surrounding the project, promoting your positive stormwater efforts through our newsletter, e-Bulletin, and website.


To promote sustainability, Johnson Creek Watershed Council is working with Depave in order to reduce the amount of impervious pavement within our basin with green infrastructure.  Our partnership hopes to engage communities in environmental conservation by protecting public health within the watershed.

Getting Started

Johnson Creek Watershed Council works with commercial and industrial properties, which includes schools and faith-based groups. Diverting rainwater from storm drains and creating rain gardens at your home will also help fish. Local Soil and Water Conservation Districts can help you get started.

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An Example of a Great Partnership

St. Mary Ethiopian Church, located in Lents neighborhood just off of 92nd, used to struggle with flooding throughout the winter due to heavy rain. In 2013, the Johnson Creek Watershed Council worked with Depave to mitigate the problem and remove 2,400 square feet of concrete. Through this collaboration, flooding effects were reduced.

Video synopsis of the St. Mary Church stormwater project, provided by Depave.

Saint Mary Ethiopian Church, by depave

Click on the image to take a visual tour of a few stormwater sites in the watershed!

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