2011 Surface Water Master Plan
The Master Plan guides the City’s Surface Water Utility. The City published its first Surface Water Master Plan in 2005, and in 2011, City Council adopted the Surface Water Master Plan Update (2011 Master Plan) to address the changing needs of the City.
In preparation for the expiring 2011 Master Plan Update, the Utility is updating the Master Plan that looks ahead into the next five to 10 years. For more information, please visit the 2017 Surface Water Master Plan Update project page.
Residents provide feedback at an open house
Basin Characterization Reports
The City has completed basin characterization reports for all of the City’s watersheds. These reports include a description of the basin and its aquatic resources including streams and wetlands.
Basin plans are watershed-specific plans to reduce flooding, improve water quality, and enhance stream and wetland habitat. Between 2009 and 2015, the Utility completed basin plans for the 6 major watersheds in Shoreline:
- Boeing Creek Basin Plan
- Storm Creek Basin Plan
- McAleer Creek Basin Plan
- Lyon Creek Basin Plan
- Thorton Creek Basin Plan
- Puget Sound Basin Plan
Water Quality Reports
The Washington State Department of Ecology, in coordination with the City of Shoreline, conducted an aquatic vegetation survey at Echo Lake in June 2016. The survey revealed that Echo Lake contains nine native vegetation species and three non-native species.
This report summarizes water quality data collected over an 8 year period between 2002 through 2009. Comparison of future data to the baseline data will help track long-term water quality trends and determine if current programs designed to improve water quality are effective.
A biological assessment of City streams was conducted in 2003 and 2007, using macroinvertebrates (stream bugs) as indicators of health in Thorton, McAleer, Boeing, and Storm creeks.The report found that all streams are severely or extremely impacted by urbanization.
Twin Ponds, part of Thorton Creek watershed