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City of Griffin Stormwater

Mission
The City of Griffin Stormwater Division’s mission is to provide a comprehensive stormwater management program that will address infrastructure problems, enhance water quality, and improve the overall quality of life for our citizens.


Responsibilities
- Maintain the drainage infrastructure, which includes routine inspections, cleaning storm drain pipes and ditches, and repairing & installing drainage systems as needed.
- Oversee capital improvement projects
- Inspect new construction sites for compliance with erosion control and city development standards and monitor for illegal dumping & litter
- Supervise the planting and removal of trees within the City’s right of way
- Protect and improve the City’s surface water quality through pollution prevention and watershed improvement

 

Stormwater Awards:
2015 - River’s Alive Adopt-A-Stream Award, 2016 Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Watershed of The Year Award, 2016 Griffin/Spalding Adopt-A-Stream volunteer (resident and Water Dept. employee Edward Hafner) won Volunteer of the Year from Georgia Adopt-A-Stream
2013 – “Watershed of the Year” Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Program GAEPD
2011 – CRS5 Rating 1st and only Rating in Georgia the National Floodplain Insurance Program FEMA
2010 – “MS4 NPDES Program of the Year” GAWP
2009 – “Stormwater Program of the Year for Education” GAWP
2009 – “Excellence in Floodplain Management Program” GAFM
2006 - “Outstanding Community Merit Award in Urban Forests” GUFC
2006 – “Bacterial Sources Tracking Innovation Award” NADO
2003 – “Excellence Award for Georgia’s First Stormwater Utility” APWA
2002 – Innovation Award for Georgia’s 1st Stormwater Utility” NADO
2001 – Caterpillar “Conservation Achievement Award”
2001 – Watershed Agency of the Year Award for Region IV USEPA
2001 – Award of Excellence USEPA for Constructed Wetlands – North Griffin Detention Pond
2001 – “Stormwater Management Agency of the Year Award” GWPCA
2000 – CEC Honor Award for North Griffin Detention Pond

 

What is Stormwater?

Stormwater is rainfall that does not soak into the ground, but instead flows over the land into creeks, streams, rivers or lakes. As it flows, stormwater runoff collects and transports pollutants such as dirt, oil and grease, chemicals, nutrients, metals, and bacteria to the nearest river or stream. This can result in water quality impairments which can affect human life as well as aquatic life.  Although the amount of pollutants from a single residential, commercial, industrial or construction site may seem unimportant, the combined concentrations of contaminants threaten our lakes, rivers, wetlands and other water bodies.
Stormwater runoff is transported through Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4). A MS4 is a system of conveyances owned or operated by a governmental entity that discharges to waters of the U.S. MS4s consist of roads with drainage systems, catch basins, curbs, gutters, manmade channels, or storm drains and are required to obtain NPDES permit coverage for stormwater discharges. The two permits are Phase I (for larger cities) and Phase II (for smaller cities). Griffin is a Phase II community and is required to develop and implement a stormwater management program (SWMP) to reduce the contamination of stormwater runoff and prohibit illicit discharges.

 

 

 
The diagram above shows the change in the percentage of stormwater runoff as impervious surfaces increase. Impervious surfaces are artificial structures, such as pavements (roads, sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots) that are covered by impenetrable materials, such as asphalt, concrete, brick, and stone. As cities grow and more development occurs, the natural landscape is replaced by these impervious surfaces. Stormwater runoff flows across these surfaces and carries pollutants with it, whereas before, natural ground would have helped filter the runoff. An increase of impervious surface means less will seep into the ground or evaporate into the air and more stormwater runoff will flow to local streams, rivers, and lakes.

 

 

Pollution
Non-point source pollution refers to pollution coming from different sources, which are usually everyday activities, and end up in our waterways. As stormwater runoff flows, it picks up sediment and chemicals from yards, driveways, parking lots, rooftops, and streets. These non-point source pollutants include:


Household Waste: Chemicals used in our homes that are not disposed of properly can be hazardous and become a threat to people and the environment. Some examples of Household Hazardous Wastes include:

  • Bleach / Household Cleaners
  • Paint / Paint Thinner
  • Antifreeze / Car Oil

 

 

 

Pet Waste: Pet waste can contain bacteria and produce excess nutrients in local waters. Excessive nutrients will reduce the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water through algae growth. Algae use dissolved oxygen during decomposition and will alter the habitat, effecting fish and other aquatic life that require oxygen. Stations with litter bags and a trash can are located in designate areas around the city. Picking up after pets can have a big impact on the amount of pollution in our waterways.

 

 

Yard Waste : Grass clippings and excessive pesticides/fertilizers can contribute to nutrients and organic matter into streams and can clog storm drains. Disposing of yard waste can be through composting or mulching to prevent them from being swept into the street, ultimately going down a storm drain. Using the proper amount of pesticide and fertilizers can also decrease the amount of pollutants.  An ounce of prevention is better than a bound of pesticide.

 

 

Litter : Debris and other litter are picked up by stormwater runoff and eventually lead to local streams. This debris, such as plastic bags, bottles, and six pack rings, does not only affect us, but also aquatic life. Never throw trash down a storm drain or out of a car. Instead use appropriate trash or recycle bins. The City holds an annual Stream Cleanup for volunteers to collect this debris. Please see Stream Cleanup for more information.
 
Brochures: These brochures provide more information of what can be done with different waste and other ways of helping prevent pollution.
- Every Drop Counts
- Storm Drains
- Illicit Discharge Ordinance
- Commercial and Industrial Pollution Prevention Program

 

Stormwater Contact

Brice Martin
Deputy Director
Email

100 South Hill Street
Griffin, GA 30223
Ph: (770) 229-6424
Fax: (678) 692-0392

P.O. Box T
Griffin, GA 30224

Hours
7:30 am – 4:30 pm
Monday – Friday

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Central Services: 770-229-6421
Customer Service: 770-229-6400
Environmental Hotline: 770-229-6625
Planning & Development: 770-233-4130
Police Department: 770-229-6450
Narcotics Tip Line: 678-692-0452
Public Works: 770-229-6603
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