475 Grayson Parkway
Grayson, GA 30017
Phone: (770) 963-8017
Fax: (770) 339-0687

Stormwater Education

In the City of Grayson, the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources regularly responds to complaints of citizens or businesses dumping or discharging waste products into our streams via our storm drainage system. Common pollutants include litter, oil, detergents, grass clippings, leaves, fertilizer, cigarette butts, paint, concrete, sewage and animal waste. Each of these pollutants has an adverse effect on our waterways. So, the next time you see a storm drain, spare a moment and remember that our creeks, streams and rivers begin right there.

You can report illicit discharges to our waterways, storm drains, and drainage ditches by calling the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources at 678.376.7000.

Gwinnett Water Resources - Free Public Workshops

Educational Articles

Leaves in the Gutter (PDF)

Make Your Mark in 2020: Adopt-a-Road Grayson (PDF)

Managing Household Hazardous Waste in Grayson (PDF) 

Only Rain in the Storm Drain (PDF) 

Maintaining Septic Systems to Protect Water Quality (PDF)

 

Stormwater Education for Businesses

    1. Stormwater pollution can come from many sources when it comes to business activities. One source that you may not think of is the dumpster. All sorts of potential pollutants can be disposed of in a dumpster – food waste, motor oil, metal shavings, all sorts of chemicals, and more. In order to protect those materials from reaching our waterways when it rains, there are a few easy steps to keep your dumpster in good working condition. 1. Always keep the lids closed; 2. Make sure the drain plug is in place; 3. Check for rust holes. If you have broken lids, a missing drain plug, or holes, your hauler will replace or repair the dumpster.
    2. It’s a simple fact for many businesses that spills happen. Leaks happen, too. Whether it is dry or liquid material, barrels leak, buckets get knocked over, vehicles drip. The important thing is that businesses are prepared to react to spills and leaks in order to prevent stormwater pollution. Spill kits can be purchased at many commercial suppliers, but can also be put together very easily and without significant cost. A bucket half full of absorptive granules, a brush, a dust pan, and a trash bag is an effective spill kit for most spills or drips. A drip pan, or even a litter box, can be placed under leaking vehicles to catch the drip until it can be repaired. No matter what you choose, just be sure your kit can handle the size of a potential spill and that staff are trained to use it.
    3. A Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, or SWPPP, is plan that helps businesses protect stormwater from pollution associated with work on their property. A SWPPP may be required for some industrial businesses. The basic components are a site and activity description, a site map that includes sources of potential pollution, a description of controls to reduce pollutants, and procedures for maintenance and inspection. This will allow the business to prepare for and respond to potential pollutant discharges associated with outdoor activity, and is an excellent tool for training staff on site-specific pollution prevention. For a detailed guide to developing your SWPPP, visit https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-10/documents/sw_swppp_guide.pdf.
    4. Industrial businesses with no operations exposed to stormwater may be able to qualify for a “No Exposure Exclusion (NEE) from the Industrial Stormwater General Permit. A facility with a NEE has certified that they do not have these types of operations by completing the NEE checklist and performing quarterly self-inspections of the facility. This checklist can be requested from the GA Environmental Protection Division by visiting https://epd.georgia.gov/forms-permits/watershed-protection-branch-forms-permits/storm-water-forms/npdes-industrial-storm and scrolling to the bottom of the page under the heading “Forms (2012 IGP).”

 

 

Environmental Resources

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful: www.gwinnettcb.org
Gwinnett Extension Service: www.gwinnettextension.com
Clean Water Campaign: www.cleanwatercampaign.org

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who do I call if I have a water quality concern or suspect water pollution is occuring?
A: The Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources at 678.376.7000

Q: Who do I call if I see someone dumping a substance into a storm drain? 
A: The Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources at 678.376.7000

Q: Who do I call if I have a stormwater drainage concern?
A: The City of Grayson at 770.963.8017