Stormwater Management Program

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Elected officials, city staff and residents are working together to improve stormwater management to meet strong community goals. The program includes a variety of activities:

  • Drainage system maintenance and capital improvement projects

  • Compliance with State and Federal stormwater regulations

  • Development review and oversight

Compliance with State and Federal stormwater regulations

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit program requires that the City have a comprehensive stormwater management program (SWMP) designed to control stormwater pollution. This program includes such measures as structural and non-structural stormwater controls, best management practices (BMPs), regular inspections, enforcement activities, stormwater monitoring and public education efforts. Stormwater management ordinances, erosion and sedimentation control ordinances, development regulations and other local regulations provide the legal authority to implement the stormwater management program.

The City’s program includes specific activities for the following six elements, (termed “minimum control measures

  1. Public Education and Outreach

  2. Public Participation/Involvement

  3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination

  4. Construction Site Runoff Control

  5. Post-Construction Runoff Control

  6. Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping

The City’s SWMP identifies each management practice and measurable goals for each minimum control measure.

Storm Water Illicit Detection and Elimination

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reported that dry-weather flows discharging from storm drainage systems can contribute significant pollutants to receiving waters. If these pollutants are ignored (for example, by only considering wet-weather storm water runoff), little improvement in receiving water conditions may occur. 

Illegal Dumping Into Storm Drains

The discharge of any polluted water, sewage, oil, and/or other material into any natural outlet in the City, including any catch basin, roadside ditch, stream, and/or manhole, is strictly prohibited. Any person observing such discharge should report the occurrence to the Citizen Response Center at (770) 730-5600 that answers calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or contact online chat access

When contacting us, please provide as much information as possible:

  • Date of Incident
  • Time of Incident
  • Location
  • Source and type of pollution (if known)
  • Responsible party (if known)
  • Vehicle tag number (if known)
  • Your contact information*

*Your contact information is not required; however it is helpful to have in case we need more information or follow up with you about the report.

Examples of what you can report:

  • Foam, bubbles, or a milky appearance in a ditch or waterway
  • Strange odors
  • Auto fluids (e.g. motor oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, etc) or chemicals (e.g. paint, cleaners, etc) spilled on the street or poured into a catch basin
  • Unusual pipe or wastewater that has been piped to a creek or ditch (e.g. from a washing machine, floor drain, etc)
  • Outdoor washing equipment using chemicals
  • Sediment coming off a construction site


Prevent Illicit Discharges into Our Storm System

By preventing illicit discharges, the City’s waterways will become much cleaner over time.  There are many ways that you, as citizens and/or business owners of Sandy Springs, can contribute to the prevention of illicit discharges into our local waterways.  
A few tips for prevention include:
• Volunteer to label storm drains in Sandy Springs with decals that include educational information, such as “No Dumping, Drains to Rivers” 
• When applying pesticides or fertilizers to your lawn, be mindful not to over-apply
• Have your septic system inspected once every 3 years for maintenance needs
• Properly dispose of hazardous household and vehicle fluid wastes
• Wash your vehicle at a water recycling car wash
• When discharging chlorinated pool water, do so into a sanitary sewer system or hold the water until chlorine and temperature levels are acceptable to spread over a permeable surface before entering a storm drainage system

For more information about how you can prevent illicit discharges from entering into our beautiful waterways here in Sandy Springs, please contact the Sandy Springs Citizen Response Center at (770) 730-5600.

Additional Information:

Clean Water Campaign:

Metropolitan North Ga Water Planning District:


The Atlanta Regional Commission, in collaboration with GAEPD, GEFA, a Technical Advisory Group (TAG), and a consultant team led by AECOM, updated the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual (the Blue Book) In January 2016.

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