The City’s Stormwater Division maintains and repairs all of the City owned storm drains, road side swales, ditches, retention ponds and beach outfalls. Stormwater personnel keep drainage pipes cleaned and free from obstructions, as well as repair damaged pipes and structures. Maintenance of the swales, ponds and ditches includes mowing, re-grading and removing overgrown vegetation and sediment build up. Stormwater outfalls that discharge onto the beach within the City limits are continually inspected and maintained to keep them working effectively and to ensure emergency access remains open.
Stormwater is water that originates during precipitation events which flows over land or impervious surfaces and does not soak or percolate into the ground. Stormwater runoff that does not percolate into the ground becomes surface runoff, which flows either directly into surface waterways or it is channeled into storm sewer pipes, which eventually discharge to surface waters. As the stormwater runoff flows over the land or impervious surfaces (paved streets, paved parking lots, and building rooftops), it accumulates and discharges debris, chemicals, sediments or other pollutants to the waterways that could adversely affect water quality if the runoff is discharged untreated.
STORMWATER OUTFALL STRUCTURES
There are total of fifty (50) stormwater outfalls which drain to the beach. Thirty one (31) of these outfalls are located within the City limits and are maintained the City. The remaining 19 outfalls are maintained by Bay County.
To report a drainage/flooding problem or have any questions or concerns regarding stormwater drainage systems or beach outfalls, please call (850) 233-5054, ext. 24 or complete the maintenance request form and email it to; email@example.com or fax (850) 233-5116.
ILLICIT DISCHARGE (ILLEGAL DUMPING)
An illicit discharge is defined as the intentional disposal of any material by placement of and/or directing any material into the stormwater system. Please report suspected illicit discharges of chemicals, paint, oil and grease, yard waste, fertilizer and other questionable materials to local authorities so that it can be investigated. Local ordinances deem it illegal to dispose of any pollutants to the storm sewer.
|Material||Proper Disposal Method|
|Lawn clippings||Collect and Recycle|
|Yard Waste||City Yard Waste Collection|
|Trash, litter and debris||Throw refuse in trash cans|
|Pet Waste||Pick up after your pets|
|Soil and sediment||Sweep up and collect|
|Pool discharges||Dechlorinate before discharging to storm sewer|
|Dumping toxic chemicals||Take to a landfill|
|Vehicle Fluids||Take to an auto parts store or to a landfill|
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT STORMWATER