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!
Backyard Composting 101
Did you know that 30% of the waste South Carolinians throw out consists of lawn debris and food scraps that can be composted? Attend this FREE, hands-on workshop on October 15th at Rigdewood Park Community Center to learn how composting can reduce waste, improve soil health, and add nutrients to your plant's soil while reducing fertilizers. Registration deadline is October 12th. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 803.576.2491 to register.
Worms Ate My Lunch! Vermicomposting at Home and School
Vermicomposting is the process of using worms and micro-organisms to turn kitchen waste into nutrient-rich compost that can be added to your plant's soil. To learn more about this small-scale way of composting that can easily be done indoors, attend our free workshop on October 20th at Lower Richland High School. Participants will also take a tour of the compost bins at Lower Richland High School. Contact Karen Jackson at email@example.com or 803-586-1216 by October 17th to register.
Join us for Trash the Poop Mutt Mingle events throughout October!
Pet waste has THREE TIMES more pathogens in it than human waste. When it rains, pet waste left on the ground is washed into our local streams and rivers, polluting the water. Join us throughout the month of October for fun and games at some of our favorite doggie hangouts to learn how you can help Trash the Poop in your neighborhood! Visit www.trashthepoop.com for more information about the events and how you can get a free pet waste station for your neighborhood.