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CONTACTING OUR DIVISION

E-mail: Division Chief Michael Burgess
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 
 

NON-POINT SOURCE
POLLUTION

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE

PICK IT UP COLUMBUS
IT'S YOUR DOODIE!

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RIVERS ALIVE

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STORM WATER MANAGEMENT

PUBLIC INFORMATION AND EDUCATION PROGRAM

The Public Information and Education Program is one of the most effective tools we have to protect the quality our creeks and streams.  Listed below are several of the projects, events, and organizations we participate in:

▪  Help-the-Hooch - with over 10,000 volunteers last year, Columbus' event remains by far the largest in the State of Georgia.
 

▪  City-Wide Clean-Up - occurring every April, this event coincides with the larger Great American Clean-Up campaign.

 

ILLICIT CONNECTION DETECTION AND ELIMINATION PROGRAM

Identifying and eliminating the sources of pollution that lead to the degradation of water quality in Muscogee County is the goal of this program.  Within the program, we utilize three tools to help us achieve our goals.

Project Creek Walk - every fall, Storm Water Management staff walk over 50 miles of Muscogee county’s creeks, streams, and lakes looking for illicit connections to the Municipal Storm Sewer System (MS4), illegal dumping, and flow obstructions (i.e., fallen trees).

   

Field Screening Analysis – Storm Water Management Division staff routinely collect samples from various locations within our MS4 and test them for several common pollutants.  If pollutants are found at appreciable levels, attempts are made to identify the source(s) of the pollution and eliminate them if possible.  The common parameters we test for include: 

   

        pH

        Temperature

        Turbidity

        Total Chlorine

        Copper

   

GPS Mapping Program – Water Quality Conditions are a vital component of the storm sewer structure attribute data we collect as part of the larger Storm Sewer System Mapping Project.  Standing or flowing water within any storm sewer structure is examined for the following:

   

        Color

        Odor

       Presence/Absence of Foam

        Presence/Absence of Oily Sheen

        Presence/Absence of Sediment

 
GPS MAPPING SYSTEM

Using GPS technology and traditional surveying techniques, we are able to collect both position and attribute data regarding our Storm Sewer System structures (pipes, inlets, junction boxes, etc.).  Combining this information in an ESRI ArcView environment, we are in the process of constructing a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) database.  As the City of Columbus has approximately 20,000+ inlet structures within its Storm Sewer System covering approximately 216 square miles, we anticipate this Project to take between five to eight years to complete.

 
INDUSTRIAL STORM WATER INSPECTION PROGRAM

In Muscogee County, eighty-two industrial facilities have applied for coverage under Georgia EPD’s General Storm Water Permit GAR000000 (Storm Water Associated with Industrial Activities).  The City of Columbus is required to conduct annual and spot inspections of these facilities to ensure that the facilities do not contribute pollutants to the Storm Sewer System and maintain compliance with their permit by performing tasks associated with their Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3).  Required tasks may include any combination of the following:

 

        Quarterly Storm Water Runoff Collection and Examination

        Annual Storm Water Runoff Collection and Laboratory Testing

        Spill Prevention and Countermeasure Training for Employees

        Quarterly Site Inspections

        Annual Site Inspections

 
CONSTRUCTION STORM WATER INSPECTION PROGRAM

Six Engineering Inspectors provide technical experience in the inspection of construction sites within the public/government sectors. They serve as the primary enforcement officers to ensure contractors comply with the local ordinances pertaining to soil erosion/water quality, construction methodology and flood plain requirements.

 


 Department of Engineering
Columbus Annex Center
420 10th Street

Columbus, GA  31902-1340

 

Phone:  706-653-4441      Fax: 706-653-4439

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