Stormwater is water that originates from precipitation such as rain and snow/ice melt. Stormwater that does not soak into the soil (infiltrate) or remain on the surface and evaporate becomes stormwater runoff.
Stormwater runoff flows directly or indirectly into streams, rivers, or other water bodies and is the most common cause of water pollution. Stormwater runoff can change natural hydrologic patterns, accelerate stream flows, destroy aquatic habitats, and elevate pollutant concentrations and loadings.
Pollution occurs when rainwater falls from rooftops or runs off driveways, roads, sidewalks, lawns and farmland and collects pollutants such as pet and livestock waste, pesticides, fertilizers, chemicals, sediment, grease and oil and carries them into our rivers, estuaries, inlets, sounds and coastal waters. Development substantially increases runoff from streets, driveways, parking lots, and sidewalks, on which pollutants from human activities settle.
The Town of Hilton Head Island Stormwater Management Program strives to protect surrounding water bodies and enhance the natural resources by improving water quality through the promotion and implementation of effective stormwater management practices, regulation of land development, collaboration with regional jurisdictions, along with public education and outreach.
The Town's Stormwater Management Program is funded by the Stormwater Utility Fee and seeks to mitigate flooding, maintain stormwater infrastructure, protect and improve the health of the water bodies in the Town's jurisdiction by providing the following services:
For more information on the Stormwater Utility Fee, please visit the Beaufort County Stormwater Fee website.
|Jeff Netzinger, PE
Assistant Town Engineer/Stormwater Manager
Stormwater Construction Administrator