Stormwater Pollution Control

- Public Education and Outreach
- Public Involvement and Participation
- Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
- Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control
- Post Construction Storm Water Management in New Development and Redevelopment
- Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations
- Helpful Links

Public Education and Outreach 

The City educates its citizens of the importance of stormwater pollution control and the measures it takes via its website.  In addition, the City contributes to an article in the Albany Herald each year.

Links:

FOG (Fats, Oil, & Grease Community Awareness Program) (pdf)
Solution to Pollution (pdf)
Composting Brochure (pdf)
Residential Lawn Care (pdf)
Hazardous Waste Pollution Prevention (pdf)

Public Involvement and Participation

April  - “Stash-The-Trash” - Community Wide Litter Removal event, usually scheduled for mid-April.  Each team selects their site area,… the time and location to meet…Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful donates gloves and trash bags.  See the Keep Albany-Dougherty County website for details.

October  – Rivers Alive – .  Rivers Alive is a state initiative that encourages clean-ups along all 70,150 miles of Georgia’s rivers, lakes, and streams.  Canoes, kayaks and walkers participate in the Flint River clean-up.  See the Keep Albany-Dougherty County website for details.

Organize a group to place Storm Drain Markers on the City Storm Drain Catch Basins.  The round 4" metal disk advises citizens that anything placed in the basin flows directly to the Flint River…untreated.  Disks are glued down and volunteers will be trained with regard to how much glue to use and where to place the markers on the drain. 

Call the Engineering Department at 229-883-6955 to find out more about these volunteer activities.

Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination

No person shall dispose, discard, drain, or otherwise discharge, cause, or allow others under its control to dispose, discard, drain, or otherwise discharge into the city's municipal separate storm sewer system any materials including, but not limited to, contaminated or polluted water, liquids, materials, waste products, etc., other than stormwater. 

The construction, connection, use, maintenance or continued existence of any illegal connection to the city's municipal separate storm sewer system is prohibited. 

Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control

 A discharge of stormwater runoff from disturbed areas where best management practices have not been properly designed, installed, and maintained shall constitute a separate violation of any land-disturbing permit issued by the City.

Links:  

Stormwater and the Construction Industry - Maintain your BMPs! (pdf)
US Environmental Protection Agency

Post-Construction Storm Water Management in New Development and Redevelopment

The City requires that new development and redevelopment maintain the pre-development hydrologic response in their post-development state as nearly as practicable in order to reduce flooding, streambank erosion, non-point source pollution, and maintain the integrity of stream channels and aquatic habitats. 

The City encourage the use of nonstructural stormwater management and stormwater better site design practices, such as the preservation of greenspace and other conservation areas, to the maximum extent practicable.  

Links:

Protecting Water Quality from Urban Run-off (pdf)
US Environmental Protection Agency

Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations 

The City maintains the public rights of way and properties it owns and operates with the assistance of a Litter Control Program, the evaluation of the water quality discharges from its stormwater retention facilities, its Storm Sewer Maintenance Program, and its Spoils Disposal (solid waste disposal to landfill) program, respectively.

Helpful Links

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) - US Environmental Protection Agency
Watershed Protection Branch Technical Guidance - Environmental Protection Division (EPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful 
Dougherty County Public Works Stormwater Management
Georgia Stormwater Management Manual