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Charleston County Stormwater
   


Charleston County Stormwater Program Permitting Standards and Procedures Manual

 

Charleston County Stormwater Management Program

 

 

 

Now available is E-newsletter of the Ripple Effect, produced by the Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium (ACSEC)! The goal is to provide awareness, information, and resources which help foster good Stormwater stewardship practices. Like ripples on the water, we hope you will pass on your knowledge, and this newsletter, to others. 

 

Click here to view the Ripple Effect newsletter

 

Click here to view the 2012 Education Annual Report

 
  

Waterways

Goal is to make all waterways fishable and swimmable—The waters that are being polluted are the same waters you and your family enjoy for swimming, boating, and fishing. Today, much of our land is covered by buildings and pavement, which does not allow rain to soak into the ground. Most areas rely on storm drains or ditches to carry large amounts of stormwater runoff from roofs and paved areas to nearby waterways. The runoff carries pollutants such as sediment, oil, chemicals, and lawn fertilizers directly to streams and rivers where they negatively affect our water quality.

 

Clean water

Federal Clean Water Act—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued regulations requiring all states, cities, and counties, including Charleston County, to develop a Stormwater Management Program with the goal of reducing the amount of runoff pollution that eventually makes its way into local waters. The funds to operate this new, federally required program come from a yearly stormwater fee charged to property owners.

 

Clean water

Clean water is everybody’s business— Everyone contributes to stormwater runoff, and everyone will be billed. Charleston County has begun the development of a Stormwater Management Program to address water quality issues. This program will be funded by the new utility fee. All residential properties will be billed a flat rate of $36 annually. For all non-residential properties, fees will be calculated using the commonly accepted rate for stormwater fees known as the Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU). This is a descriptive value based on the property’s size and the land use of the property.

 

For questions, contact Charleston County’s Stormwater Management Program:

  • By phone at (843) 202-7639
     

  • By E-mail at stormwater@charlestoncounty.org
     

  • By mail at:
    Charleston County Public Works Department
    Attn: Stormwater Management
    4045 Bridge View Drive
    North Charleston, SC 29405-7464

Charleston County Stormwater Utility Fee Ordinances: 1464 and 1465

 

 

 

 

 

 

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