The City of Garden City manages its Stormwater program as required by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division's (GA EPD) National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES) Phase I Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit (GA000208) required by provisions of the Georgia Water Quality Control Act and Federal Clean Water Act. Among other requirements, the permit also mandates the development of a Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) by the City to address specific program elements and act as a guide to stormwater quality and quantity management. The City's SWMP and NPDES Permit can be accessed here. Call us at 912-963-2768 for questions you may have on the program.
This web page was created as another mechanism to help educate and inform the public of various Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) to help prevent any future water quality issues. Throughout this page you will find information pertaining to the proper disposal of hazardous household materials, information pertaining to Highly Visible Pollutant Sources, and copies of important documents.
Each year the City is required to submit a Stormwater annual report to the GA EPD. This report should be a comprehensive summary of the SWMP activities conducted during the reporting period. Once the report is submitted it is made available to the public for review. The last Annual Report was for the reporting period of April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, and can be accessed here: Garden City NPDES Annual Stormwater Report 17-18
Hazardous Household Wastes
Did you know the average U.S. household accumulates 20 pounds of Hazardous Household Waste per year. As much as 100 pounds can accumulate in the home, often remaining there until the residents move or do an extensive clean-out. Common Household Hazardous Wastes are; drain openers, oven cleaners, automotive oil and fuel additives, paint thinners, paint strippers, etc. The Chatham County Resource Conservation Education Center offers tips on where to take hard-to-recycle materials.
Highly Visible Pollutant Source (H.V.P.S)
HVPS's are simply sources of potential stormwater runoff and water quality problems that are easily seen on the outside of a commercial business or industrial location. Garden City considers the following type of businesses to be some of the HVPSs in Garden City: Trucking and Logistics Facilities, Auto Repair/Maintenance Facilities, Manufacturing Facilities, Restaurants, Gas Stations, Car Washes, Metal and Recycling Facilities, Automotive Storage Yards, Vet Kennels, etc.
Below you will find just a few documents relating to Best Management Practices for some of these businesses that can be used to improve practices within the business.