Stormwater/Erosion Control Division
Restores, protects, and preserves the surface waters within the City of Winston-Salem and maintains, repairs, maps, and evaluates drainage systems within the street right-of-way.
“Water has a voice. It carries a message that tells those downstream who you are and how you care for the land."
— Bernie McGurl, Lackawanna Association.
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Did you know that...
60 percent of stream miles in the continental U.S., or more than 207,000 miles, only flow seasonally or after storms.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the 78 million dogs in the United States create 10 million tons of feces annually, polluting waterways and posing a threat to public health. According to a survey by EPA, 40 percent of dog owners do not pick up their pets’ waste at all and all that waste pollutes waterways. And two or three days worth of droppings from a population of about 100 dogs can contribute enough bacteria to temporarily close a bay and all watershed areas within 20 miles to swimming and shell fishing.
Please do your part and pick up your pet's waste.
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Storm Drainage Improvements on Private Property
Under certain circumstances the city will address storm drainage problems on private property. The property must be zoned residential and owned by the occupants. In addition:
- The problem must be caused by street water;
- For newly constructed houses, the owner must have received a certificate of occupancy at least two years before requesting assistance;
- The assistant city manager for public works must determine that the drainage problem causes flooding in the dwelling or otherwise threatens the structural integrity of the dwelling; causes severe erosion of the drainageway; threatens to deny access to property that would be accessible; impedes the flow of water due to fallen brush and vegetative debris.
- The total cost of the improvements must not exceed $50,000.
- All requests for storm drainage improvements on private property must be approved by the City Council, and owners must pay 30 percent of the cost.
Only rain belongs in the storm drain. Call (336) 747-7480to report polluters.
"All the water that will ever be, is right now."
- National Geographic, October 1993
Our mission is to restore, protect, and preserve the surface waters within the City of Winston-Salem and to maintain, repair, map, and evaluate drainage systems within the street right-of-way.
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