Benton County, Oregon

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Printed on Oct 25, 2014 @ 12:41 AM

Benton County Stormwater Program


Corvallis Stormwater AreaStarting in 2007, Benton County staff from Community Development, Environmental Health, and Public Works developed and successfully implemented a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program (see program brochure).

The program requirements are part of the Clean Water Act that local governments and private organizations must comply with for discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States and regulating quality standards for surface waters. This means that there are many actions that the county is taking in the ‘urbanizing areas' around the cities of Corvallis and Philomath known as the Federal Urbanized Area (see Corvallis area map above at right).

The overall goal of the Benton County Stormwater Program is to reduce the volume of runoff from current development (for example parking lots, subdivisions) and the developing landscape, while reducing the amount of pollutants carried by stormwater runoff to our rivers and streams. In order to meet this overall goal Benton County staff has developed and implemented Six Minimum Control Measures Six Minimum Control Measures:

  1. Public Education and Outreach
  2. Public Participation/Involvement
  3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
  4. Construction Site Runoff Control
  5. Post Construction Runoff Control
  6. Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping

Please report spills within the county roadways to: Benton County Public Works: 541-766-6821. Please report spills within the private land outside of the roadways to: Benton County Environmental Health at 541-766-6841

IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY OR HAZARDOUS SPILL CALL 9-1-1:. Be ready to provide the location, severity, actions taken, and responsible party. Remember that early response protects our shared water quality!


Recent Updates

11/4/11: The updated Benton County Stormwater Web site is complete! All important Benton County Stormwater Program information is available including requirements, technical resources, and other important stormwater related information.



6/25/12: Do you have unused medication? City of Philomath and City of Albany Police Department have Drug-Take Back Drop Boxes at Philomath Police Department, 1010 Applegate Street, Philomath, OR 97370 (open during office hours) & Albany Albany Police Department 1117 Jackson St. SE Albany, OR 97322 (open 24 hours a day/7 days a week).  Do your part to keep our waterways clean and avoid medication abuse and accidental poisonings.

11/1/11: The 2012-2017 Benton County Stormwater Management Plan and Permit Renewal Package was submitted to Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.



For more information please contact Adam Stebbins, Benton County Water Projects Coordinator, 541-766-6085.