Protecting People, Property and Our Environment#
Our stormwater utility was established in 1980 to protect our community from damage due to flooding, pooling, erosion and harmful pollutants.
Stormwater is just that - water from a storm, including rain, hail and snow. Typically, this water is either absorbed into the ground or collects in a body of water. However, when living in an urban area with many non-absorbent surfaces (like rooftops, driveways, sidewalks, parking lots and streets), this water becomes runoff, flowing down gutters, through stormwater inlets and the storm sewer system into our streams, rivers and lakes.
Sediment, nutrients, bacteria, metals, pesticides, and other pollutants are picked up as this water flows through the city. Unlike sanitary sewers that go to a treatment plant, most stormwater is discharged directly to local water bodies.
What We Do#
Learn how to stay safe and protect your home and property from flood risks.
Stormwater pollution is the number one cause of water pollution in the country. See how we address it and how you can help.
Creek and stream rehab establishes stream habitat, improves water quality, stabilizes eroding banks, and improves fish passage.
Stormwater master planning creates a plan and vision for how stormwater management can be implemented in each of our 13 basins.
Everyone has flood risks, know yours.
What's In the Works: Projects and Improvements#
Downtown Stormwater Improvement Plan (DSIP)
Downtown Fort Collins is at risk for flooding and pollution from urban stormwater runoff from downtown can impact the Cache la Poudre River.
Poudre River Floodplain Map
The floodplain map for the Poudre River is being updated.
Resources and Guidelines#
There are 13 stormwater basins within the City of Fort Collins Growth Management Area (GMA).
Irrigation ditches and canals carry water from the Cache la Poudre River to users in and around Fort Collins.
Development Guidelines and Criteria
View design guidelines and technical criteria to be used in the analysis and design of stormwater drainage systems.
Power Washing Guidelines
Find out how to handle the wastewater from power washing.
Outdoor Festival and Events Guide
Find out how to prevent pollutants from entering the City's storm sewer system during outdoor festivals and events.
Rates and Fees#
Did You Know?
Closing crawl space vents and covering the crawl space floor with at least 6 millimeters of plastic can reduce soil moisture.
Algal blooms appear in waterbodies under certain environmental conditions. Mid-summer through early fall is when they most commonly occur.
Customers experience some of the best reliability in the country with the average household being without power for less than 20 minutes per year – that means service is available 99.99% of the time!