Drainage

A primary activity and common citizen request is to maintain or improve public drainage and associated infrastructure, including catch basins, storm sewer pipes, major  ditches, and regional ponds. Significant personnel and equipment are dedicated to this initiative. [Read More  

Permitting

A stormwater permitting program is another primary role of the Stormwater Department. New development can impact downstream flooding and water quality. The permitting program aims to reduce impacts of development by setting and enforcing standards for the quantity and quality of stormwater runoff from development sites. [Read More]  

Education

To achieve environmental compliance, a primary activity is to educate citizens and businesses about how they can help to protect our waterways from stormwater runoff. To achieve this, the county has partnered with other local governments and education providers to form a Stormwater Education Consortium. [Read More  

Mosquito Control

Due to its connection to water, mosquito control is a responsibility of the Stormwater Department. The County expends significant resources to control mosquitoes by aerial sprayings, truck and ATV treatments, and larvacide applications. Strict procedures govern when and how treatments are applied. Citizens with health concerns or beekeeping operations can request exclusions. [Read More  

Environmental Compliance


The state of South Carolina has designated the county as a qualifying local program under the Phase II stormwater rules of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System of the federal Clean Water Act. As such, the county is responsible for ensuring compliance with environmental regulations that are designed to protect the nation’s waterways. [Read More]

Utility Fee


In 2000, the County established its first stormwater ordinance and an associated utility fee to pay for capital improvements and major initiatives. The utility fee is based upon the assumption that every property generates some stormwater runoff, dependent upon the amount of impervious area, and that stormwater runoff eventually reaches public drainage and public waterways. Therefore, every property owner contributes to stormwater runoff and should contribute to operation and maintenance of public infrastructure and required stormwater programs. [Read More]