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Stormwater Pollution Prevention

Keeping our Streams, Rivers and Lakes Healthy and Clean

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Fact Sheet
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The quality of Georgia’s natural waters are threatened by the daily activities of residents and businesses. According to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, thousands of stream miles throughout Georgia are impacted by stormwater runoff, which can carry harmful pollutants into our waterways. In fact, the leading threat to water quality of our waterways is from stormwater pollution, and one of the most effective ways to combat its adverse effects is by educating Georgia residents and visitors on actions to take to prevent that. Georgia DOT was issued a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) Permit in January 2012 that requires we do our part in preventing excessive stormwater discharges, dumping, spills, erosion and pollutants from contaminating nearby waterways. Although Georgia DOT’s goal has always been to be a good steward of the State of Georgia’s natural resources, we have stepped up our efforts since receiving the MS4 Permit to further enhance water quality protection measures.

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MS4 Permitted Areas

MS4 Permit Program

The Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Permit Program regulates the discharge of stormwater from roadways and properties owned and operated by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division as "MS4 Permitted Areas." To see if you are within the MS4 Permitted Area, click on the storm drain photo to the right and look at the map that shows all of the counties within the MS4 Program highlighted in yellow.

Permit Control Measures

Georgia DOT has been working to detect and reduce the pollution that enters our natural waters. In accordance with the Permit, our MS4 Program focuses on the following measures in an effort to reduce stormwater pollution, and will further advance our efforts:

  1. Public Education
  2. Public Involvement
  3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
  4. Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control
  5. Post Construction Stormwater Management
  6. Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Type Operations

These measures were designed to educate and inform the public on stormwater pollution and the impact it has on our ecosystem.

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Georgia Stormwater Management Manual

Georgia Stormwater Management Manual

This document is designed to provide guidance on stormwater management policy, technical design standards and pollution prevention. 
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Coastal Stormwater Supplement

Georgia Coastal Supplement

This document provides specific guidance for Georgia's coastal communities. 
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Report Stormwater Pollution On State Routes

Georgia DOT relies on their maintenance forces, field personnel as well as the public to report possible stormwater pollution. Simply complete the form below to report stormwater pollution in your area. Please provide as much detailed information as possible in the "Comment" field. Thank you for providing this information – we will contact you for further information, as needed, to look into the matter.


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Submit Your Feedback

Stormwater pollution prevention is important to us. The Georgia DOT MS4 Program is managed by the Office of Design Policy and Support - Roadway and Hydraulics Group. Please contact this office at (404) 631-1630 or if you have any questions or comments regarding this program.

You can also report any stormwater pollution problems in your area in the section at the bottom of this page.

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