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Looking for some fun spring backgrounds to brighten up your Zoom meetings? Bring Ann Arbor Stormwater Smart along with you by downloading our themed backgrounds. From iconic Ann Arbor landmarks to beautiful rain gardens and scenery - these Zoom backgrounds are sure to brighten up your day!​

​Family fun coloring pages

Creating your own rain garden or ​building or installing a rain barrel can be family fun! These projects can not only save you money, but will help protect local watersheds as well. Plus, you can get the kids involved in​ with these rain garden and rain barrel ​coloring pages.​​​

       Rain Garden                                Rain ​barrel


Storm drain Scavenger Hunt

Want to play outside with your family and protect Mother Nature at the same time? Play the Ann Arbor Stormwater Smart storm drain scavenger hunt!Storm drain scavanger hunt jpeg.jpg

Just download the list (PDF) of items to search for and head out to your neighborhood streets to collect items like leaves, sticks, food wrappers or rocks that may be​ blocking storm drains.

About stormwater

​​In Ann Arbor, all stormwater (and any pollutants carried by storm water) are discharge​d, untreated, to the ​Huron River and its tributaries.​​

The stormwater infrastructure in Ann Arbor consists of:

  • Over 541​ miles of stor​mwater ditches and underground pipes.​
  • Over 23,000 inlets and catch basins.​​
  • ​51,926 city-managed trees​ (and counting).​
  • 70 city-owned rain gardens (and counting)​.
  • 1,123 residential rain barrels (and counting).

Residents can help by:

Why is stormwater a problem?


Both the quantity and quality of stormwater runoff can negatively impact the local water resources that provide drinking water, recreation and wildlife habitat.​​

  • Water Quantity - Once land is urbanized, very little water is able to infiltrate into the ground, and instead, is rapidly conveyed via storm drains or surface runoff to the nearest water resource. Higher volumes of stormwater runoff can cause flooding, erosion, and property damage. 
  • Water Quality - Stormwater runoff picks up anything in its path and delivers it to the nearest creek or river. 

Urban watersheds typically exhibit:  

  • Increased run-off volume due to greater impervious surface and lower tree canopy
  • Increased peak discharge rates due to highly efficient drainage systems​
  • Diminished base flow, or dry weather flow, due to decreased groundwater infiltration

Managing stormwater

The City of Ann Arbor works to manage stormwater in conjunction with land use change in order to protect water quality and reduce impacts of stormwater on local water resources. 

What is the City doing?

  • Plan, design, and construct and maintain a stormwater management system, sediment/flood control programs and​ projects, and provides stormwater education.​
  • Provide an interactive Green Infrastructure Map, showing many of the Green Infrastructure project the City has accomplished with Stormwater Utility funds.  The map shows projects completed by the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner, Huron River Watershed Council, and the University of Michigan.​
  • Resour​ces for Low Impact Development and Stormwater Best Management Practices​.​

Stormwater rates and credits

Learn about Ann Arbor's tiered stormwater rate structure, which is based on a property's​ amount of impervious surface. 

Credits could help ​property owners reduce their rates.​

Stormwater Permit

Find out how the City of Ann Arbor works with other Middle Huron River Watershed partners to meet state and federal stormwater permit regulations.
Stormwater Management Requirements for Residential Construction
A stormwater management plan is required for residential construction projects with 200+ sq. ft. of impervious surfaces. Learn​ about the code changes and download an impervious area worksheet to determine the code affects your project.

E-mail pictureGet stormwater updates​​ ​

Jennifer Lawson, C.S.M.
Water Quality Manager
734.794.6430 x43735

Jerry Hancock
Storm water and Floodplain Program Coordinator
734.794.6430 x43709

Troy Baughman, P.E.
Senior Project Engineer
734.794.6430 x43798​