Richland County Stormwater Management
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 Chemical and Bacterial Training Workshop on Oct 24th
Interested in a way to get involved in preserving water quality in your community? South Carolina Adopt-a-Stream volunteers collect and analyze water samples that tell us about the condition of our local creeks and streams. Attend a free training on Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.at Dent Middle School (2721 Decker Blvd., Columbia, SC) to learn how to collect water samples, perform chemical and bacterial assessments, and become a certified Adopt-a-Stream volunteer!
This is a hands-on workshop with classroom and field components. Participants should come prepared to enter a shallow creek! Registration is required by Oct. 20. Register online at https://aasrichlandchemical.eventbrite.com. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-576-2491.
Learn more about your lawn at our Oct 7th workshop
Clueless about how to grow grass? Need tips on how to get (and keep) your lawn green? Join us at Woodley’s Lawn Center on Oct 7th from 9:30am-12:00pm for Lawn Basics for Beginners! The workshop will cover:
• How and when to plant grass seeds
• Proper irrigation and winterizing irrigation systems
• Soil testing
• Erosion control and troubleshooting bare spots
• Proper application of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers
• Using seed vs. sod
Learn these topics and more in a short workshop that will give you the basics of lawn care using common practices that will protect our waterways without breaking the bank. Register at http://lawnbasics.eventbrite.com. For more information, email email@example.com or call 803.576.2491.