Richland County Stormwater Management Division
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!
Adopt-a-Stream is coming to the Midlands!
Here in the Midlands we love our rivers and now there is another way to help make sure they stay clean. The Adopt-a-Stream program trains community members and school groups to become volunteer citizen scientists who can monitor water quality in nearby streams. Participants go through a training to become a certified community leader who can perform chemical, biological, and bacterial assessments to help measure the health of a waterway and find pollution hotspots. Learn more about the program and how you can participate by attending the interest meeting on May 11th at 5:00 in the large conference room at Jim Hamilton L.B. Owens Field Airport.
National Public Works Week is May 15-21
American Public Works Association began sponsoring National Public Works Week in 1960, and Richland County continues to celebrate it by honoring the Public Works staff. This year's theme is "Public Works Always There." Nothing exemplifies this statement more than the effort Public Works staff members put in to assess and repair road damage during the October 2015 flood. Richland County Public Works staff will celebrate by educating the public on the various roles of the Public Works Department and hosting a cook-out with community partners. Great job, Public Works staff!
Rain barrel and compost bin sale on May 21st
To help protect our rivers, creeks, and streams by reducing runoff and preventing pollution, the City of Columbia and Richland County are hosting a spring compost bin and rain barrel sale. Compost bins are $55 and rain barrels are $68 each. All items must be pre-ordered on the website by 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2016. Residents can pick up their purchase on Saturday, May 21 between 9 a.m. and noon at the City’s compost facility, located at 127 Humane Ln. Columbia, SC 29209. Only residents who have pre-ordered and paid online will be able to pick up bins. There will be no on-site sales. Bins and barrels can be purchased online at http://www.rainbarrelprogram.org/columbia.