Each time it rains, stormwater runoff (rainfall that does not soak into the ground) picks up debris such as litter, pesticides, chemicals, motor oil and dirt as it flows across rooftops, lawns, streets and parking lots. These pollutants are deposited, untreated, into our waterways.
Increased runoff from developed areas can also cause flooding and erosion of stream banks, which results in even more pollutants entering our streams.
Stormwater pollution can make monitoring and treatment of our drinking water more difficult and costly. In addition, it can harm our aquatic environment and ruin the beauty of our streams. If polluted stormwater contaminates our water sources, the result can be the closing of our rivers, lakes and streams to the public. That's why the City's Stormwater Management Program is so important. Read more about the program here.
Public Works Staff provides the following stormwater services:
Georgia Native Plant Society
Pollution Prevention Assistance Division of GA DNR
Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District
Georgia EPD Watershed Protection Branch
United States Geological Survey