Duties & Responsibilities
The Stormwater Division provides a high level of service for the maintenance and repair of drainage structures and systems throughout the City. The Division maintains the City’s ditches and ponds to keep them free from aquatic weeds and algae growth and manages a bi-monthly street sweeping program to remove pollutants from our roadways to prevent contamination of our waterways. The Division also makes sure all required activities, such as maintenance, inspections, public notification, and education, are being documented to ensure compliance with the City’s NPDES MS4 permit.
A Pinellas Count ordinance bans the sell and use of any lawn or landscape fertilizer that contains nitrogen or phosphorous from June 1 to September 30. This ban is to protect our aquatic environment during the rainy season.
For additional stormwater education please visit the Pinellas County Environmental website.
Stormwater runoff is rainfall that does not absorb into the ground. Instead, it runs off over our yards, streets, parking lots, and buildings. The runoff then enters our stormwater system which flows directly into creeks, lakes, and Tampa Bay.
Leaves, grass clippings, chemicals, and trash contaminate stormwater and should NEVER be put down storm drains. These items have a negative effect on our environment and can contribute to beach closures and algal blooms.
Additionally, trash, leaves, and grass clippings clog storm drains causing back-ups and increased flooding. By making sure that only rain goes down the drain, you are helping to keep our community healthy and safe.
To learn more about stormwater visit the Pinellas County Stormwater website.
Photo credit: Pinellas County Environmental management
What is a Watershed?
A watershed is an area of land that drains water (streams, rainfall, etc) into a larger body of water like a reservoir, lake, bay, or ocean. We all live in a watershed and our actions effect the health of our water systems.
How can I help keep our watershed clean and healthy?
- Scoop the Poop - make sure you clean up after your pets
- Reduce fertilizer and pesticide use
- Discard oils and chemicals properly - Pinellas County Solid Waste HCE3
- Dispose of trash in the can
- Cigarette butts are the most frequently littered item - make sure they get put in trashcan
- Place used fishing line in recycling tube or trashcan
- Make sure grass clippings stay on your lawn (bag or mulch) and not in the storm drain
To learn more about watershed management visit Pinellas County Watershed website.