What is Stormwater Pollution and Where Does It Come From?
When it rains or when you use water in your yard, stormwater runoff is created. As the water runs across the land, it picks up pollution on its way to the nearest water body.
This includes fertilizer, oil, pesticides, detergents, pet waste, grass clippings and other pollutants.
Eventually, this collection of pollution ends up in our wetlands, lakes, and canals.
What makes up Palm Coast's stormwater drainage system?
The City of Palm Coast stormwater system consists of more than 70 miles of freshwater and saltwater canals, more than 150 miles of inter-connecting ditches, and more than 1,200 miles of roadside swales. The City borders the Intracoastal Waterway and is just minutes from pristine Atlantic Ocean beaches. It is a top priority of the City of Palm Coast to properly maintain and improve the quality of our waters.
How do we maintain the system?
The Construction Management and Engineering Division is responsible for assisting with the design, construction and maintenance of the existing City stormwater infrastructure. The department's goal is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Palm Coast through a full range of efficient and effective municipal services and a comprehensive program of stormwater management while advancing the quality of life and the City's interests.
The Division's stormwater functions include maintaining the City-wide stormwater drainage system - from the front-yard swales to the inter-connecting ditch system to the freshwater and saltwater canal systems. The Division also performs hydraulic modeling of the existing drainage system to identify needed improvements, replaces drainage pipes under streets and improves valley gutters. The Division oversees many larger capital improvements projects each year including weir replacement and major roadway crossings.
What can you do?
We encourage you as residents to take an active role in helping to keep our waters clean and reduce stormwater pollutants and discharges from our local residences and businesses. You can make a difference! Please see our tips in the "Making a Difference" tab above.