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!
Post-flood assessment of County-maintained roads completed
In response to the major flood event that occurred in October, RCSH2O worked with other Richland County departments to establish an emergency command center for Public Works and assess the condition of all County-maintained paved and unpaved roads. Over 3,300 roads that span over 800 miles were assessed in the 4-day period. If you are in an area that was affected by the flood and need assistance, please call the Ombudsman's office at 803-929-6000.
RCSH2O staff to make presentation to South Carolina Mosquito Control Association
Education Program Coordinator, Chenille Williams, will be making a presentation about the impact of insecticides on surface water quality at the SC Mosquito Control Association's Annual Meeting in Myrtle Beach, SC. The SCMCA is a non-profit organization that aims to promote professionalism within the mosquito control community. They annual meeting allows members chance to network, meet vendors, and learn more about current topics in their field. To learn more about SCMCA and the remainder of the meeting agenda, visit their website.
School Composting Workshop hosted by EEASC on Nov 12th
On November 12, 2015 from 4:00-5:30 PM, the Environmental Education Association of South Carolina is hosting a composting workshop at Lower Richland High School. Sign up to learn tips and tricks for school composting, how to legally sell your compost, how Lower Richland is dehydrating lunch room food scraps for composting, and how a compost project can qualify your school for a SC Green Step School Award. Registrants will also have a chance to win a Vermi Compost Bin for their school. The event is free for EEASC members, and $5 for non-members. To attend, RSVP to Jane Hiller at firstname.lastname@example.org.