What is Stormwater?
Stormwater runoff is the water that flows over the land when it rains. The water flows into gutters, storm sewers, and drainage ditches that empty into our local creeks and streams and ultimately discharge to the Flint River.
Impervious areas (the areas that cannot absorb rainfall – rooftops, driveways, parking lots, sidewalks, etc.) are the single most important factor influencing stormwater runoff. Development replaces natural ground surfaces with impervious surfaces, causing more stormwater to run off the land rather than soaking into the soil, resulting in increased stream flows and potential flooding. Impervious areas also contribute pollutants that are eventually carried into our rivers via stormwater runoff.
The City of Albany is responsible for the management of the public storm sewer system. Albany has approximately 533 miles of City streets with drainage systems; 100 publicly maintained detention ponds; 330 miles of piping systems; over 22,000 drainage inlets and other structures; and several hundred miles of drainage ditches, all of which must be maintained by the City to ensure they function properly when rainfall events occur.
Expanded regulations have recently been established by the State and federal governments to address stormwater runoff and water quality issues. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) regulates the discharge of pollutants in stormwater through National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater discharge permits. The City of Albany must comply with their NPDES stormwater permit, which mandates certain activities including comprehensive maintenance of the stormwater drainage system.
The City’s Plan For Stormwater
The City of Albany has evaluated its stormwater issues and developed a plan to enhance delivery of stormwater services over time to better serve the City’s citizens, businesses, and property owners. The City plan includes:
- Continued operation of the pump stations and street sweeping program.
- Increased storm sewer system maintenance.
- $12 million of capital projects to address flooding.
- Expansion of the floodplain management program.
Paying for Stormwater Service
The City of Albany has decided that additional resources are needed to better address the City’s stormwater needs, meet customer demands, and comply with the unfunded federal and state regulatory compliance mandates.
The City is considering implementation of a Stormwater Utility for properties within the City limits to more effectively fund the stormwater management program through a system of user fees that will be dedicated solely to addressing stormwater management and drainage issues. A stormwater user fee will be charged to all developed properties within the City based on the amount of impervious surface on the parcel. The City believes that this is a more equitable method for funding stormwater services, since all properties will pay their fair share for stormwater services received.
What benefits will I receive ?
The funds received will be used to:
- Comply with the City’s NPDES Permit that is monitored by the EPD
- Bond future stormwater improvement projects
- Maintain and monitor the existing storm system to provide cleaner water in our streams and creeks
- FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
- Stormwater Credit Manual
- Stormwater Presentation
- Stormwater Pollution Control
- Stormwater Management Ordinance
- Georgia EPD NPDES MS4 Phase II Stormwater Permit GAG610000
- Stormwater Capital Project Map
Albany Engineering Department
P.O. Box 447 Albany, Georgia 31702