Mission: The mission of the Stormwater Management Department is to protect our natural resources and to ensure that municipal, commercial and residential activities within our community do not pollute our water resources.
The Savannah River, its streams, tributaries and wetlands are natural resources that should be maintained so that they can provide recreation, fishing, swimming and drinking water for us and those that live downstream. Stormwater is collected in pipes that discharge directly into streams and the Savannah River. It is not sent to a treatment plant prior to going into our waterways. Stormwater pollution is created by each and every person that lives in a community in one way or another. We can minimize stormwater pollution by understanding how it happens and how we can prevent it.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has established stormwater regulations for protecting United States waters from pollutants. Those regulations are enforced by South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) through permits. For smaller communities, the permit is called the small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit.
To meet these federal & state regulations, the City of North Augusta must maintain and enforce a Stormwater Management Plan and conduct the activities listed in the permit called the six minimum control measures (MCM).
The six MCMs are:
- Public Education and Outreach on Stormwater Impacts
- Public Involvement and Participation
- Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
- Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control
- Post-Construction Stormwater for New and Redevelopment
- Pollution Prevention & Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations
The North Augusta Stormwater Management Department (SWMD) has established programs to meet each required element of the six minimum measures. This assures that the city is in compliance with its small MS4 permit and we are working to make sure our local and downstream waterways are protected from pollutants. Annual reports are submitted to SCDHEC describing each of our protection efforts. In 2014, a new small MS4 permit was issued by the state. The new permit allowed permit holders to provide a biannual report for the first two reporting years, therefore the report for 2014 and 2015 were combined and provided to the state in April 1, 2016. A new reporting form was also provided by the state. View or download the 2018 Biannual Report, here. Future reports will be submitted annually or as the state requires.
The required Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) components include:
- developing legal authority and ordinances to implement and enforce the SWMP
- building and maintaining drainage systems to alleviate pollutants from entering streams
- inspecting, cleaning and maintaining the drainage systems
- providing stream bank protection
- developing a program to meet the required six minimum control measures (MCMs)
- mapping the storm sewer system
- monitoring TMDL or 303d sub-watersheds
- creating a program that allows review of construction site plans to insure they protect water quality and adjacent properties and provide city stormwater permits
- establishing an education, outreach and public participation program
Funding for the program:
The cost of meeting the Stormwater Management Program requirements was analyzed and a fee structure was developed to maintain the program. The city adds a Stormwater Management Service Fee to monthly utility bills. The fee is based on impervious area (roofs, driveways, parking lots) for commercial customers and a flat rate of $5.00 for each resident. To learn more about the fees established and exactly how they are calculated, please visit the "Residential" or "Commercial" pages.
Notably, the education and public participation components of the small MS4 permit are considered highly important MCMs. That is because stormwater pollution begins with each citizen. It is up to all of us to do what we can to protect our most important resource, the Savannah River system, our drinking water source. All of the streams, creeks, ponds, wetlands, and groundwater seeps in our community are vital links to the river system. Each work together to provide not only our drinking water source, but also drinking water to those that live downstream. The Brick Pond Park Stormwater Treatment Wetlands are a vital component of the city's stormwater education program. Learn more about the education program being conducted at the park.
Just as we need clean water to live, a healthy ecosystem needs it too. Each of us can do our part to protect our vital natural resources.
Contact Information: Tanya Strickland, Stormwater Management Superintendent,
Stormwater Management Department
100 Georgia Avenue, North Augusta, SC 29841
Phone: 803 441-4246 Fax: 803 441-4208
David Caddell, Superintendent of Streets & Drains
Streets & Drains Department, 61 Claypit Road, North Augusta, SC 29841
Phone: 803 441-4295 Fax: 803 441-4243