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. The majority of the actions and programs carried out by RCSH2O are dictated by the Richland County MS4 permit requirements, which are designed to promote clean water by reducing the amount of non-point source runoff in an area.
Our Division programs cover capital improvement projects, stormwater and construction, industrial inspections, stormwater quality monitoring, and public education/outreach. Visit each page to learn more.
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, that water becomes surface runoff. Surface runoff can also come from over-watering lawns, washing cars, or leaky pipes.
As surface runoff flows to the nearest pond or stream, it picks up and carries pollution on the ground. The more pollution on the ground, the more pollution carried to our ponds, streams, lakes, and rivers. That pollution affects the aquatic life and our ability to use the water for recreational and industrial purposes.
Join our team! Stormwater...let’s keep it clean!
Discounted prices during rain barrel and compost bin sale
To celebrate World Water Day, the County’s Sustainability Office and Stormwater Management Division are teaming up with Keep the Midlands Beautiful, Carolina Clear and City of Columbia to offer 55-gallon rain barrels for $60 and compost bins for $50. Bins and barrels are pre-ordered and can be picked up March 22nd at the Gamecock Bi-Lo on Devine St. For more information or to place an order, visit www.enviroworld.ca/midlands. Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. Saturday, March 8th.
Annual PHF Conference on March 11th
The Stormwater Division's annual pesticide, herbicide, and fertilizer (PHF) conference will be March 11th at the Midlands Tech's Northeast Campus. The conference is an opportunity for applicators to participate in an interactive class room environment and network with one another, as well as a forum for any concerns or questions about regulations. Any applicators inside Richland County (but not within the City of Columbia) as well as County Personnel are encouraged attend. CE credits for pesticide applicators will also be offered. For more information or to RSVP contact Bree Tribble at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-576-3599.
Richland County conservation project featured in The State
Richland County has bought nearly 1,800 acres near Congaree National Park for a conservation project to offset inevitable damage to streams and wetlands during the next decade of road construction. Read more here...
County Recycling Sites offer disposal of fats, oils, and grease (FOGs).
If you've been poring your cooking oil down the drain to avoid throwing it in the trash, there is a better option. Cooking oil is accepted at the Lower Richland Drop-off Site, the C&D Landfill and the Clemson Road site. Simply place your used oil in a suitable container and pour it into the designated 50-gallon drums at one of these locations. Additional collection sites for automotive fluids can be found at the Santee Cooper's Give Oil for Energy Recovery (GOFER) website (http://scgofer.com). Storm drains are like the arteries of a community. By properly disposing of FOGs you can help keep stormwater and our community clean.
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