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!
Project WET Educator Workshop on August 4th
Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is an award-winning, nonprofit water education program and publisher. The activities in the curriculum guide educate students about the role water plays in various ecosystems and human life using hands-on exercises that encourage teamwork, problem-solving, and critical thinking. This workshop is ideal for K-12 formal and informal educators interested in cross-curriculum water education lessons. Workshop participants will “splash” through the curriculum guide and learn how to make the most of the Project WET activities. Visit http://scprojectwet2016.eventbrite.com to register.
We're still marking storm drains!
April has come and gone, and Stormwater Awareness Month is over, but we haven't slowed down when it comes to marking storm drains. A big thanks to students from Round Top Elementary School and Dent Middle School, residents from Carnaby Place, and Debra and Daniel Zippel for marking drains last month. Help us keep up the momentum by signing up to mark storm drains in your area. For more information, contact Chenille Williams at email@example.com or 803.576.2491.
Sixth annual Summer Celebration of Water is on August 27th
Summer Celebration of Water is in its 6th year and ready to get residents wet one more time before the school year begins. The event will be Aug 27th at Riverfront Park from 10am-2pm. As usual there will be free paddlesports and bounce houses, but local food trucks have also been invited to join the party. You can join the party with Richland County, City of Columbia, and Lexington County staff by volunteering to help out at the event. For more information, contact Chenille Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803.576.2491.