News & Announcements

Volunteer for your community

The Department of Planning & Community Development is notifying the public of available volunteer opportunities with the City of Dayton.

The Dayton Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, and the Affordable Housing Commission have vacancies and are seeking additional volunteers. The commission bylaws, meeting materials, and meeting schedules are posted online and can be found by clicking the links below.

Dayton Planning Commission - 1+ vacancies

Dayton Historic Preservation Commission - 2+ vacancies

Affordable Housing Commission - 1 vacancy

To submit a letter of interest to request appointment to one of the commissions, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Reminder - leaf collection begins next week

Basin Disposal Inc. (BDI) will begin collecting bagged leaves in November. Pickup dates are tentatively scheduled for:

  • Monday, November 23
  • Monday, November 30
  • Monday, December 7

Take note - these dates might be outside your normal waste collection dates.

If you have an alley, place bagged leaves in the alley. If you do not, place the bagged leaves on the curb/edge of your street. Make sure bags are placed at least three feet away from your garbage can.


  • Leaves must be bagged. Loose leaves will not be picked up.
  • Bags must not exceed 40 pounds
  • There should be no bricks, garbage, rocks, sticks, etc., in these bags
  • This program helps to keep gutters and storm drainage grates clean and fully functional through the winter

2020 Leaf Pickup

Levee Rehab Complete

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has completed the rehabilitation project to the Dayton Levee. The rehabilitation efforts were due to the damage sustained from the February 2020 events.

See below a before and after comparison documenting the damages and the extent to the improvements. These photos were taken in the same location, nearest to the Juvenile Fishing Pond and Dayton Dog Park.

BEFORE - Dated Feb. 7, 2020. This photo demonstrates damages and emergency response activities.

Touchet River levee near Fish Pond

After - Dated Nov. 4, 2020. This photos show the extent of the improvements to the levee system.

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Previous notice:


  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is the lead agency for this rehabilitation project
  • The USACE has contracted with a private contractor to perform the rehabilitation construction work
  • The contractor will mobilize to the sites on Oct. 9, 2020
  • Construction is anticipated to run from Oct. 13 - Nov. 14 between the hours of 7:00 am - 5:00 pm (Mon. - Fri.)
  • Levee path closures are anticipated - construction sites should be avoided by the public to ensure public and contractor safety. The contractor will be putting up barricades to close and/or limit access to work areas
  • There are 9 total sites that will be rehabilitated during this project. Sites 2, 3, 4, and 5 are within the city limits of Dayton. The remaining sites are in unincorporated Columbia County


Site Plans (damage sites, access routes, and staging/laydown areas)

USACE Damage Inventory

Cooperation Agreement with the United States of America

What is Affordable Housing?

Defend your Drains - the 3 P's

With residents possibly rationing or running out of toilet paper, our Public Works Department would like to remind City residents to be mindful on what you can and can not flush down your toilet.

Do flush the "Three P's"

  • Pee
  • Poo
  • (Toilet) Paper

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Do not flush:

  • Feminine products
  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes or "flushable" wipes
  • Disinfecting wipes 
  • Kleenex or tissues
  • Rags

These items can create system wide blockages and may result in sewage overflowing into streets or backing up into homes.

We ask all City residents to continue to be mindful during the COVID-19, and ongoing. Flushing the unflushables will create unnecessary and highly costly infrastructure damage. Together, we can make a difference and ensure long-term infrastructure success. 


YOU COUNT - the 2020 Census is Coming

The 2020 Census is coming, with first mailers being sent from the US Census Bureau in early March. The census is critical for federal, state, and local agencies, and the data collected is used to allocate over $800 billion nationally in federal programs and resources.

The City of Dayton is taking a procative approach to assist in data collection for the 2020 census. See the attached outreach materials for more information and feel free to visit with staff at City Hall with questions or concerns. We will do everything we can, within our abilities, to help. If we can't, we will direct you to someone who can. 

Additional Materials

What's at Stake for Washington?

Every town is an important part of the American story.

Beware of Costly FOG

Fats, oils, and grease, as well as "flushable" wipes, towelettes, and rags are the major cause of blockages of the sewer system which can lead to sanitary sewer overflows. Food and grease should never go down the drain because they build up in the line and can cause serious, expensive, and irreversible damage. Only water should go down the drain. Blockages caused by the improper disposal can cause serious damage and be a threat to public health. 

FOG Trash it

Here are some simple steps you can take to keep FOG out of the sewer system:

  • Recycle cooking grease, oil and food wastes.
  • Freeze your grease – pour grease into a jar, let it cool, seal it, freeze it, and throw it into the trash.
  • Never dump used cooking oil down the drain.
  • Scrape and dry wipe pots, pans, and dishes before washing. Take a paper towel and wipe the pan then discard the towel and food waste into the trash receptacle. You can also use coffee grounds to soak up oils and place them into your trash receptacle.
  • Dispose of rags, wipes (both flushable and non-flushable), razor blades, toilet deodorants, dental floss, and other non-biodegradable products into the trash.
  • Never use hot water, detergents or degreasers to flush FOG down the drain; this pushes grease into the pipe where it will cool, congeal and clog the sewer.
  • Never dump FOG (or anything) on the street, parking lot or into storm drains as it will end up in our creeks.
  • Communicate with your friends and neighbors about the problem of grease and other products in your sewer system and how to keep them out. The solution starts right in your home with your actions.


Best Managest Practices for FOG