As people learn more about the effects of stormwater runoff and how it impacts the quality of our streams, rivers, and lakes, they can take positive actions to help reduce negative effects. Even simple changes can have far-reaching results that benefit Georgia residents, businesses, ecosystems, and wildlife.
Georgia DOT has been working to detect and reduce the pollution that enters our natural waters. In accordance with the MS4 permit, our stormwater management program focuses on the following measures in an effort to reduce stormwater pollution:
- Public Education
- Public Involvement
- Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
- Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control
- Post-Construction Stormwater Management
- Pollution Prevention for Municipal Type Operations
These measures were designed to educate and inform the public on stormwater pollution and the impact it has on our ecosystems, as well as to reduce runoff pollution from Georgia DOT properties and construction sites. Although Georgia DOT has always strived to be a good steward of Georgia’s environment and natural resources, we have stepped up our efforts to further enhance our stormwater management and water quality protection measures.
Georgia DOT is currently rewriting our entire Drainage Manual to incorporate new technologies for best management practices that are designed to reduce stormwater pollution. In addition, we are implementing new stormwater training courses for our employees and contractors, so that they are all informed of the most current and effective methods for reducing stormwater pollution. While Georgia DOT is already taking broad measures to prevent pollution from entering our streams, rivers, and lakes, there is still much that we can do together to help keep our water clean. The video, brochure and other resources on this page will tell you more about the actions we are taking to prevent stormwater pollution and how you can support this effort.