Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over the ground. Surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, streets and building rooftops prevent Stormwater runoff from naturally soaking into the ground.
Stormwater can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants and flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a lake, stream, river, wetland, or coastal water. These pollutants can adversely affect water quality since anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged, untreated, into the water bodies we use for swimming, fishing and providing drinking water.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) mandates the City’s Stormwater Management Program.
On July 12, 2004 the City Council adopted the Stormwater Management Utility Ordinance establishing a Stormwater Utility and Stormwater Fee rate structure. Fees collected can only be used for the Stormwater Utility.
Reporting of illicit discharges and erosion and sedimentation (E&S) complaints
To submit an illicit discharge report, other stormwater-related complaints, or erosion and sedimentation (E&S) complaints, please click here to use the City's SeeClickFix reporting application.
Stormwater Complaint Hotline - 678-833-3305
NPDES Phase II MS4 Permit general information
The City of Stockbridge is mandated by the EPA under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to maintain a General Permit for Stormwater under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) section of the CWA to prevent pollutants from entering the City’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) and sending pollutants into the waters of the state. This General Permit is on file at City Hall.
As mandated under the City’s General Permit for Stormwater, the City of Stockbridge has Stormwater pamphlets available at City Hall or you may download it here.
Flood Management Program
The City of Stockbridge, as mandated under the City’s General Permit for Stormwater, has a Flood Management Program administered by Henry County, based on chapter 8.28 of the Code of Ordinances.
Watershed Improvement Studies/Plans
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division (DNR/EPD) requires all utility owners to conduct Watershed Assessments. The Watershed Assessments must include water quality and biological studies to determine existing stream water quality. As part of its Watershed Assessment, the City must develop a protection plan that will address both point and non-point source pollution.
The Watershed Protection Plan consists of land use and Best Management Practices (BMPs) for protecting water quality and biological activity from the effects of existing and future development. The Plan is a progression of the Watershed Assessment and details future plans to educate, involve and implement a plan to provide better care for stream health within the study area. The current plan is on file at City Hall.
Community Involvement Opportunities
The City of Stockbridge is looking for volunteers to participate in the City’s annual storm drain stenciling project. Please contact the Stormwater Department at 770.389.7900 for more information.
10 Things You Can Do to Prevent Stormwater Runoff Pollution
1. Use fertilizers sparingly and sweep up driveways, sidewalks, and roads
2. Never dump anything down storm drains
3. Vegetate bare spots in your yard
4. Compost your yard waste
5. Avoid over application of pesticides and herbicides. Follow application directions carefully.
6. Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces
7. Take your car to the car wash instead of washing it in the driveway
8. Check your car for leaks, and recycle used motor oil
9. Pick up after your pet
10. Have your septic tank pumped and system inspected regularly
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this a tax?
No, the Stormwater Fee is just that, a fee for services.
Who has to pay?
Anyone owning developed property in the City of Stockbridge.
Why is my bill $35.06 if my house is less than 10,000 sq. ft.?
The break point of 10,000 sq. ft. is lot size not house size. There is 43,560 sq. ft. per acre so 10,000 sq. ft. is less than ¼ acre.
Why is my business bill so much higher than my home even though lot size is about the same?
Bills are calculated on total square feet of impervious area. Homes fall in one of two tiers so bills are between $19.36 to $35.06, each business impervious area was measured and a bill was calculated. The formula is the same for business and residential. (See the News Release Flier dated August 2004)
We are tax exempt; so do we have to pay the Stormwater Fee?
Yes, since this is a fee and not a tax no one is exempt including the Cities and Counties.
How does this benefit me?
A Stormwater Utility helps reduce flash flooding, reduce litter in our street and creeks and helps ensure our drinking water of the future will be drinkable. Check out our brochure for more benefits and things you can do to help.