Free homeowners association stormwater system workshops

Many homeowner associations (HOA) are responsible for a stormwater pond or other stormwater drainage system in their neighborhoods. These systems need ongoing maintenance. Pierce County HOA members can learn how to protect these systems and how to work together effectively at three upcoming workshops:

— Weds., June 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview St. in Gig Harbor

— Weds., July 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sumner Library, 1116 Fryar Ave. in Sumner

— Tues., Aug. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. at South Hill Library, 15420 Meridian E. in Puyallup

The workshops will focus on stormwater system maintenance, how to identify a failing system, and basic maintenance requirements. HOA management issues, such as how to protect your HOA’s valuable community assets, basic HOA operational needs, and strategies for success will also be discussed.

The Public Works and Utilities workshops are free of charge but seating is limited and advance registration is required.

To register, call (253) 798-2485. Workshop attendees will receive a copy of their HOA engineered stormwater system plans if available.

“Privately owned stormwater facilities are very effective at controlling neighborhood flooding and removing pollutants in the water, but they need to be maintained,” said Dan Wrye, Water Quality manager.

“We are often asked how homeowner associations can be better organized to do this maintenance. A properly maintained stormwater facility helps HOAs avoid costly repairs. An understanding of how their system works and how to maintain it minimizes costs and protects water quality,” Wrye added.

Visit Surface Water Management’s Web site — — for a workshop flyer and additional information on stormwater system maintenance.