Richland County Stormwater Management
400 Powell Rd.
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: (803) 929-6000
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 and the water flowing into storm drains is not treated, the pollution ends up in our local waterways. That polluted water affects the aquatic life and our ability to use the water for recreational and industrial purposes.
The primary objective of the actions and programs carried out by RCSH2O are dictated by the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit issued by South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). The permit is a part of EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program designed to reduce the amount of non-point source pollution that negatively affects the health of surface water in our community. Our job is to prevent pollution and help keep stormwater clean.
Anything other than stormwater that goes down a storm drain is considered an illicit discharge and should be reported by calling 803-929-6000!
April is Storm Drain Marking Month!
Richland County and the City of Columbia are seeking community volunteers to help mark storm drains in April as a part of the My River Starts Here campaign. Local waterways – creeks, streams, lakes and rivers – are affected by pollutants that flow into storm drains. To alert the public that rainwater is the only thing that should go down storm drains, volunteers will adhere round medallions to drains during Storm Drain Marking Month.
Marking storm drains is a great activity for school groups, community organizations, neighborhood associations, or anyone who wants to get involved and help keep our waterways clean. Training and supplies will be provided to all volunteers. To learn more and sign up, visit www.MyRiverStartsHere.org
Did you catch our news coverage on WLTX?
The recent Adopt-A-Stream volunteer monitoring workshops brought high attendance and a bit of media coverage. Click the image below to watch the segment.
Learn more about Adopt-A-Stream and see a listing of monitoring sites with their corresponding data by visiting the SC Adopt-A-Stream website. If you're interested in adopting a spot on a local waterway to monitor, contact Chenille Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 803-576-2491 or Karen Jackson (email@example.com) at 803-865-1216 ext. 116 for more information.