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.
Annual Pesticide, Herbicide, and Fertilizer Conference scheduled for January 2015
Planning for our annual PHF conference has begun, with a target date of January 2015. Topics will include spill control and response, proper chemical storage, regulation enforcement, and integrated pest management. Details and updates will be posted as they occur, but if you would like additional information on how to participate, contact Chenille Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or Albert Little at email@example.com.
RCSH2O teams up with Clemson's Carolina Clear to film spill control video
Last week, our very own Dripster was used to play opposite Albert Little in a training video to teach viewers the proper procedures for controlling an industrial spill. The video featured 'dirty' and 'clean' Dripsters that instructed what to do and what not to do when a spill happens and how it affects local water quality. Check out behind-the-scenes pictures at the RCSH2O and Carolina Clear Facebook pages.
Changes to the Public Works Department
Several changes are occurring to the Public Works Department. First, Ismail Ozbek has been named the Public Works Director. Formerly, the County Engineer, Ozbek assumed the role of Interim Public Works Director in February 2014, but accepted the position as permanent Director in October 2014. Also, the Public Works website will soon be getting an upgrade. While the layout will continue to have continuity with the rest of the Richland County Government sites, information will be updated and navigation will improve.
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