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Stormwater Management

You might be wondering why we would devote a whole webpage to stormwater issues? There are many reasons for concerned citizens to pay attention to the role stormwater runoff plays in our local environment. Some of those include:
  • Stormwater runoff washes contaminants from our lawns, streets, houses, and sidewalks into our storm drains. In our coastal environment stormwater runoff can cause unnatural freshwater flows, which can be detrimental to coastal marine life.

  • Contaminants in stormwater can give rise to:
    • Fish Kills
    • Shellfish Closures
    • Harmful algae blooms
IDDE - Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination
  • Be careful because many discharges can be DANGEROUS!
    The City of Brunswick is responsible for detecting and eliminating all illegal discharges into our marshes, creeks, rivers, and ground water. Illegal discharges or illicit discharges cause damage to our areas waterways that can cause a variety of problems for people, pets, vegetation, and/or all sorts of aquatic and terrestrial wildlife. Common discharges consist of items such as oil and grease, fertilizers and pesticides, washing machine discharges, grass clippings and leaves, sediment, and other substances that have a peculiar odor or color.

  • What can our citizens do to help?
    1. Report illicit discharges to our Code Enforcement Office at 912-267-5587 or 912-267-5586 or 912-267-3703. If you see a discharge that appears to be an immediate threat to people or property call 911.
    2. Report anything that is not water that you observe entering the storm drain system.
    3. Report anything spilled in the streets or gutters.
    4. Report anyone you observe dumping on the streets, curbs, private lots, or in the alleys

  • Here are some examples of what to report:
    1. Oil, gas, chemicals, etc. entering a storm drain inlet
    2. Soap suds or anything with a peculiar color or odor exiting a storm drain pipe
    3. Chemicals spilled on a highway or street
    4. Sediment from an unknown source entering a waterway

  • Tips for reporting illegal discharges
    1. When possible estimate the amount of discharge.
    2. Take note of the characteristics of the discharge (color, odor, etc.)
    3. NEVER get too close to a strange discharge because it may be dangerous!
    4. If possible, write down information on the vehicle dumping the waste.

  • PLEASE REMEMBER:
    1. Storm drain systems are separate from waste water systems
    2. The storm drain system is different from the sanitary sewer system.
    3. Storm drains discharge to our rivers, streams, creeks, and marshes without any treatment.
    4. Concerned citizens like you can improve the quality of life for all of our residents and visitors by helping to keep the City of Brunswick and the Golden Isles clean, beautiful, and pollution free.
The City of Brunswick Public Works Department received the 2006 Georgia Association of Water Professionals Public Education Award. We were selected out of over 100 of the top water and wastewater utilities in the state to receive their Public Education Award for our Stormwater Education Programs.

We All Play A Part: We are working hard to inform the citizens of Brunswick about the important role that we all play in keeping our city clean and beautiful. Everything that goes onto our lawns, streets, and sidewalks eventually makes its way into our storm drain system, and subsequently into our rivers and marshes. We have run an ad campaign featuring the "Shrimp Guys", Popcorn and Jumbo, on local radio since 2006. We plan on continuing to run this campaign to raise public awareness of storm water pollution; in order to keep our city cleaner. You can listen to Popcorn and Jumbo's commercial below!

Meet Popcorn & Jumbo "The Shrimp Guys":
Local Radio Commercial:


The City of Brunswick Public Works Department received the 2006 Georgia Association of Water Professionals Public Education Award We were selected out of over 100 of the top water and wastewater utilities in the state to receive their Public Education Award for our Stormwater Education Programs.

Help Jumbo and Popcorn Keep Brunswick Clean & Beautiful!
Contact the City of Brunswick Dispatch Office at 912.267.5578
If you spot any problems!



What are the Types of Stormwater Runoff?
Stormwater Runoff can be Grouped Into 2 Categories:
  • Point Source Pollution:
  • Industry
  • Power Plants
  • Sewage Treatment Plants
  • Construction Sites
  • Non-point Source Pollution:
  • Lawns
  • Septic Tanks
  • Roads and Sidewalks
  • Agriculture (Gardens)

For more Information:
Watch our Power Point Presentation on Stormwater Discharges

Please visit the following websites to stay informed on issues affecting stormwater quality:
  • EPA Site on Non-Point Source Pollution
    US EPA Website that has information on water pollution sources and solutions, public education, funding opportunities, and publications.

  • EPA Watershed Website
    US EPA Website that provides information on funding, databases, publications, and the excellent watershed academy training modules.

  • Georgia Rivers Alive Website
    Rivers Alive is Georgia's annual volunteer waterway cleanup event that targets all waterways in the State including streams, rivers, lakes, beaches, and wetlands. The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness of, and involvement in the preservation of Georgia's water resources.

  • Georgia Project Wet-Water Education for Teachers
    Project WET is Water Education for K-12 Teachers! The goal is to facilitate and promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the development and dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids and through the establishment of state and internationally sponsored Project WET programs. Our Mission is to bring WATER EDUCATION to the world!

  • The Clean Water Campaign Website- Solutions to Stormwater Pollution
    The Clean Water Campaign website has solutions to water pollution topics, hot to help with water pollution, types of water pollution, etc. This site also has a bookstore where maps, publications, and videos are either free or in the 1$-5$ range.

  • Keep Brunswick-Golden Isles Beautiful Website
    Originally established as the Brunswick - Glynn County Clean Community Commission in 1987, it was renamed to its present name in 1997. Monetary, In-kind, and volunteer support for specific programs and activities is sought from public, private, & individual sources.

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  Links of Interest:


EPA Website

Georgia EPD

www.cleanwatercampaign.com
  The Clean Water Campaign website has solutions to water pollution topics, how to help with water pollutions, types of water pollution, etc. This website also has a bookstore where maps, publications and videos are either free or range in price from $1.00 - $15.00.

Rivers Alive - Georgia's Annual Waterway Cleanup
  This web site also offers Staff Development Unit (SDU) credits. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has an Adopt-A-Stream coordinator. Some of the resources available from Georgia Adopt-A-Stream are manuals, teacher's guides, videos, workshops, posters, brochures, database, and newsletters. Citizens and clubs will be encouraged on the web site to adopt a stream segment in the city limits.

Georgia Adopt-A-Stream
  Project WET is Water Education for K-12 Teachers! The goal is to facilitate and promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the development and dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids and through the establishment of state and internationally sponsored Project WET programs.

EPA Watershed Page
  Information on funding, databases, publications, and the excellent watershed academy training modules.

Stormwater Mgrs Resource Center
  View SMRC

UGA Cooperative Extension
  Glynn County Office

GA Stormwater Mgt. Manual
  Vol. 1: Stormwater Policy Guidebook
  Vol. 2: Technical Handbook

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