Does it feel particularly rainy this May? It is. Local meteorologists say May 2023 is shaping up to be one of the wettest on record. But where does all that water go? And how much can a stormwater system handle?
While the average person likely isn’t thinking about stormwater until record-breaking storms, County stormwater engineers are. One of the roles of your County Government is to manage rainwater runoff through a system that includes natural streams as well as man-made pipes and ponds. The primary function of that system is to collect, move and store runoff from rain and snow.
The County’s stormwater system is regularly inspected and maintained. In fact, during a regular business meeting Tuesday, May 23, the Board of Douglas County Commissioners approved a general maintenance contract for 16 stormwater detention ponds within the County. In compliance with the County’s MS4 stormwater permit, other ways the County manages its stormwater program include:
- Using video surveillance to inspect stormwater pipes.
- Inspecting new residential and commercial builds for proper stormwater management.
- Partnering with other entities that own stormwater ponds to inspect and ensure water quality.
- Inspecting runoff at construction sites.
Managing runoff well is a key part of maintaining healthy water quality in a community. Because not all stormwater is treated before it enters natural streams and lakes, we need your help. Please:
- Dispose of waste properly, including household hazardous waste with the County’s home pickup program, or used technology with the County’s electronics recycling program
- Use a commercial car wash or wash your car on the grass, rather than the driveway.
- Pick up after your pet.
- Properly maintain your vehicle to avoid leaks.
- Report illicit discharges, spills, or other water pollution concerns, or email [email protected]