About Read the Plan Recent Changes
We use the Stormwater Management Plan to ensure that we are meeting state and federal requirements. As a stormwater utility, we are required to follow rules set by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit.
This permit requires that we follow processes and practices to protect waterways in Raleigh. The goal is to limit pollution (i.e. bacteria) from reaching bodies of water.
We update the plan every five years to make sure we are effectively:
- Managing stormwater runoff to protect creeks and streams; and,
- Keeping North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (and the public) aware of our efforts and progress.
Read the Plan
Here's a copy of the most up-to-date plan (effective June 2021).
The plan was approved following a public comment period and after being submitted to NC Department of Environmental Quality.
Send comments or questions about the plan to 919-996-3940 or RaleighStormwater@raleighnc.gov.
The updated plan focuses on pollution prevention, monitoring, maintenance, education, and reporting.
- Detecting and eliminating illicit discharge or water pollution to the stormwater system and waterways.
- Making sure stormwater runoff from construction sites doesn't flow to nearby storm drains. This keeps sediment out of the stormwater system.
Monitoring and Maintenance
- Monitoring water quality of streams.
- Operating and maintaining storm drains, stormwater devices, and the entire stormwater system.
We're also required to educate the public about preventing water pollution. This includes helping people understand where stormwater flows in the city. We also teach people about the best ways to avoid polluting local streams.
We report our work each year to NC Department of Environmental Quality.