The Stormwater Division is responsible for the operation and maintenance of all stormwater systems that are within the jurisdiction of the County. Our jurisdiction is unincorporated areas and locations where Stormwater Infrastructure is dedicated to the County. Other Stormwater Infrastructure within the County may be the responsibility of a municipality or a private entity such as a Homeowners Association or an individual. The first step in response to citizen inquiries concerning Stormwater is the determination of who is responsible for the system.
All stormwater issues and complaints are investigated. If the problem can be solved through routine maintenance, the work is scheduled for completion as resources become available. If the problem appears to be extensive and/or requires engineering analysis, it is added to a list of Stormwater Needs maintained by the Stormwater Division Manager. Projects are prioritized by analysis of the relative degree of impact to the public and environment as well as cost.
Stormwater pollution is a serious issue. It can affect the quality of drinking water as well as recreation uses for water. The Federal Government recognized this concern and established the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program, a federally mandated Clean Water Act program that works at educating people, businesses and creating compliance. The County stormwater system is classified as an MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer) which basically means that Stormwater conveyance is separate from sewage conveyance. Stormwater conveyance are stormwater infrastructure designed to support the movement of stormwater through the system, such as pipes, inlets, manholes, ditches, depressions, swales, streams, etc. The MS4 program is a permitted activity that is strictly regulated.