Stormwater Management Division
400 Powell Rd.
Columbia, SC 29203
The Richland County Stormwater Management Division (RCSH2O) provides stormwater management support (drainage and water quality) in order to improve public safety, enhance public health and increase public service through departmental and divisional coordination and public awareness.
Richland County Stormwater Management is launching a new project to engage the community and get your input about how to better serve the community and develop effective outreach programs. Through virtual focus groups we hope to receive feedback on what citizens care about regarding local water resources. Your participation will help guide us in reaching new audiences with activities and programs relevant to the citizens of Richland County.
Please fill out this form to indicate your interest in participating in a virtual focus group, which will last 60-90 minutes. If selected, you will be contacted with other selected participants when the focus groups are scheduled.
Wait...what is stormwater?
Stormwater is any water that falls on the ground when it rains or snows. On natural surfaces that water infiltrates—or soaks—into the ground; but on paved surfaces, it becomes surface runoff. Surface runoff either flows to the nearest pond or stream, or it flows into an inlet such as a storm drain. Any pollution on the ground is carried away by the runoff, and because stormwater runoff and the water flowing into storm drains is not treated, the pollution ends up in our local waterways. That polluted water affects the aquatic life and our ability to use the water for recreational and industrial purposes.
The primary objective of the actions and programs carried out by the Stormwater Management Division are dictated by the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit issued by South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). The permit is a part of EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program designed to reduce the amount of non-point source pollution that negatively affects the health of surface water in our community. Our job is to prevent pollution and help keep stormwater clean. View the Stormwater Management Plan to learn more about how Richland County aims to fulfill its MS4 permit requirements and address surface water quality concerns.
Anything other than stormwater that goes down a storm drain is considered an illicit discharge and should be reported by calling 803-929-6000!