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!
It's perfect weather to mark storm drains
Take time to enjoy the cool weather and the changing leaves by marking storm drains in your neighborhood. Local waterways – creeks, streams, lakes, and rivers – are affected by pollutants that dumped into storm drains. Storm drain marking involves placing medallions on storm drain inlets to let people know that only rain should go into storm drains. Volunteers will go through training and receive all necessary materials. To sign up visit www.myriverstartshere.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a certified Adopt-A-Stream volunteer by attending an upcoming training
Adopt-A-Stream is a citizen science program that increases awareness of watershed pollution, and you can become certified to help by attending one of the upcoming trainings. Volunteers will learn to collect chemical, biological, and bacterial data that will create a baseline for our streams' health and serve as an indicator for pollution hotspots. Participate as an individual, or lead a class or community group! Contact Chenille Williams at email@example.com or 803-576-2491 for more information. Registration deadline is Dec 12th.