Richland County Stormwater Management Division
The Richland County Stormwater Management Division (RCSH2O) provides stormwater management support (drainage and water quality) in order to improve public safety, enhance public health and increase public service through departmental and divisional coordination and public awareness.
Wait...what is stormwater?
Stormwater is any water that falls on the ground when it rains or snows. On natural surfaces that water infiltrates—or soaks—into the ground; but on paved surfaces, it becomes surface runoff.
Surface runoff either flows to the nearest pond or stream, or it flows into an inlet such as a storm drain. Any pollution on the ground is carried away by the runoff, and because stormwater runoff is not treated, the pollution ends up in our local waterways where it affects the aquatic life and our ability to use the water for recreational and industrial purposes.
The 5th Annual Summer Celebration of Water was a huge success!
This year's Summer Celebration of Water was a splash with over 1,000 attendees who decided to fight the heat by coming out to get wet and celebrate their appreciation for our local water ways. A big thank you to all of our volunteers, exhibitors, and committee members for making the festival event such an enjoyable experience. Check out pictures from this year's event at the Summer Celebration of Water Facebook Page.
"Old Zorba's building" being demolished for flood reduction project
The 2628 Decker Blvd building, or the “The Old Zorba’s” as it is referenced, was built in 1960 based on County structure information, but was placed in the floodplain as well as the floodway. Because both of these areas carry a higher risk for flooding and insurance losses, Richland County Stormwater Management applied for a grant from SCDNR/FEMA to purchase the property and demolish the building in Oct 2012 to reduce overall flood and loss risk in the County. The demolition is anticipated to be completed mid-September.
Stormwater inspections update
The semi-annual inspections of our Spill Prevention Control and Counter-measures were completed recently. These inspections are required for facilities where fuel tanks are above ground and can contribute to stormwater pollution. Inspections of facilities using pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers will begin in September.
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