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!
The annual Summer Celebration of Water continues on Aug 27th at Riverfront Park
Richland County, the City of Columbia and Lexington County are looking for volunteers for the 7th Annual Summer Celebration of Water on Saturday, Aug. 27. The water-themed festival provides residents with free access to kayaking, boating and paddle boarding on the Columbia Canal. There will also be kid-friendly splash activities and hands-on exhibits that demonstrate ways everyone can keep local waterways beautiful, swimmable and fishable. Visit www.SummerCelebrationofWater.com for more information.
Call for volunteers
Volunteers are needed to help with event set up and tear down, guest registration, attendee surveys and vendor activities. The festival is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts beginning at 9 a.m.. A T-shirt and lunch will be provided.To volunteer, please email Jennifer Satterthwaite at email@example.com or call 803-545-0184.
Call for exhibitors
We are also in need of exhibitors that can provide a hands-on activity or demonstration for children and families that help to educate the public about pollution prevention and the value of our community’s waterways. Due to flood damage the layout will be different from previous years and space is limited. Registration is still free and the deadline is August 1st. Click here for the registration form or contact Karen Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.