Stormwater Tips

January - Dish the Dirty

Only stormwater is allowed to enter into a stormdrain. The discharge of any polluted water, sewage, oil, paint, etc., is strictly prohibited. Help protect our community and waterways by reporting stormwater pollution when you see it.

When to make a report:

  • When you see someone illegally dumping anything into a storm drain, ditch or waterway.
  • When you find disposed waste in or near any storm drain, ditch or waterway.
  • When you notice unusual odors in or near the storm drain.
  • When you see sediment coming off a construction site.
  • When the drainage system has unusually large flows during a dry period.
  • When you are aware of suspected stormwater pollution that may impact public health or the environment.

Any person observing such discharge should report the occurrence to the Stormwater Division at 229-259-3530 or email

February - Love Where You Live

We’ve officially been told not to litter for over a half a century now. The first public service announcement for litter prevention ran in 1956. Changing a common behavior, like littering, starts with you. Each person must accept responsibility for their actions and influence others around them at home, at school, in your place of business, and in the community at large.  Prevention is key!

Start with these simple actions to help make a difference in our community:

  • Carry a litter bag in your car;
  • If you are a smoker, carry and use a portable ashtray;
  • If you see litter, pick it up;
  • Ensure that the lid on your trash can is secured;
  • Volunteer at community cleanups; and
  • Educate and set an example for others.

By helping reduce litter, it will beautify our community and help keep our waterways clean! For more information, contact the Stormwater Division at (229) 259 – 3530.

March - World Water Day

In 1993, the United Nations declared March 22 World Water Day.  The purpose of this special day is to bring awareness to water related topics including: water supply, shortages, and sanitation problems.  Each year there is a theme and for 2018 it is “Nature for Water.”  Nature is just one way to help overcome the many water challenges that can effect communities from floods, drought, and pollution, which can all be made worse through the degradation of vegetation and soil.  One way to help is to plant trees to tame stormwater.  By planting trees and other vegetation, this can help increase the absorption rate of rainfall, reduce soil erosion and so much more.   For additional information, please visit Trees Tame Stormwater and World Water Day

April - Know the Flow

Many people think that storm drains are part of a sanitary sewer system that flow to a wastewater treatment plant. Actually, storm drains are a direct link to local streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands.

Here are ten things you can do to prevent stormwater runoff:

  • Never dump ANYTHING down storm drains or in ditches
  • Pick up pet waste
  • Fix auto leaks and recycle your motor oil
  • Don't litter
  • Apply fertilizers responsibly
  • Keep leaves and grass off streets
  • Redirect downspouts
  • Use car wash
  • Practice mindful pest control
  • Minimize erosion

Remember, only rain goes down the storm drain! For more information, contact the Stormwater Division at (229) 259 – 3530.

May - Time to Summerize

Even though the official start of summer is June 21, we all know that summer really begins on Memorial Day weekend. It’s the beginning of a fun-filled season packed with trips to the beach, picnics at the park and backyard pool parties.

Here are a few simple tips to keep you and your summer activities safe and healthy.

  • Make sure no chlorine is present in pool water before draining the structure. 
  • Wash your car on the lawn or take it to a commercial car wash to minimize pollutant runoff.
  • Adopt a storm drain near your home or work to keep it free of debris, litter or pollution.
  • Leave no trash behind!

Remember, only rain goes down the storm drain! For more information, contact the Stormwater Division at (229) 259 – 3530.

June - Hurricane Season

Officially, the Atlantic hurricane season started on June 1st and will run through November 30th. Hurricane season can bring a host of dangerous weather including whipping winds, heavy downpours, power outages and flooding concerns. While water is a year – round focus for the City, homeowners can also prepare to protect their property from flooding. The time to prepare is now and to continue periodic maintenance to keep stormwater flowing properly into the stormwater system or a natural waterway.

To prepare for the season, homeowners can protect their property by:

  • Keeping debris out of nearby storm drains and ditches;
  • Reporting clogged ditches and culverts to the Stormwater Division;
  • Secure outdoor items/furniture to prevent potential blockages; and
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.

Below are a few links that will provide the most up to date information for our area during this year’s season: 

For more information, contact the Stormwater Division at (229) 259 – 3530.

August - Scoop It - Bag It - Trash It

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Pet waste contains harmful bacteria and parasites that make people and pets sick. When it’s left on the ground, it can wash down storm drains and contaminates streams and rivers.  


October - Hallo-clean

Halloween will be here before you can say, “Boo!” So, as you prepare for that spooky, kooky holiday coming up, take a few minutes to incorporate these simple stormwater-friendly tricks and tips into your autumn activities.

- Ban that bag!

When your little super heroes and princesses go trick-or-treating, be sure they use a reusable bag to collect their treats. Canvas bags and pillowcases are great alternatives to plastic or even paper bags, and they are much sturdier.

- Don’t be a trash monster!

Remind your little trick-or-treaters to never throw candy wrappers on the ground as they’ll flow into our creeks and rivers once the next rain event happens.

- Volunteer/Participate!

October 13: Rivers Alive: (, or contact Aaron Strickland at (229) 671-3698)

October 27: National Make-A-Difference Day (

October 27: Bulk Trash Amnesty Day (

November 17: Fall Electronic Recycling Day (

December - Tis the Season to take out the Trash?

This holiday season of giving, receiving, feasting, and decorating can come with some additional baggage—trash baggage that is! Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the amount of trash produced in the United States increases by an estimated 25%—that’s about one million extra tons of garbage each week.

Annually, Americans discard an estimated:

  • 38,000 miles of ribbon (enough to wrap around the planet);
  • $11 billion worth of packing material; and
  • 15 million used Christmas trees.

This year, consider trying out a new way of celebrating the season to help reduce your holiday waste:

  • Christmas Trees: Don’t throw away your natural Christmas tree. Support our local “Bring One for the Chipper” recycling program. Please visit for more information.
  • Gift Wrapping Paper: Most Christmas wrapping papers are NOT recyclable. Purchase wrapping paper made of recycled material whenever possible.
  • Christmas Cards: Send your Christmas cards via email (E-card) or buy cards made of eco-friendly stock.
  • Holiday Decorations: Before throwing out old Christmas decorations, consider donating them to others or a thrift store.
  • Re-Usable Shopping Bags: Just like any time of year, utilize re-usable shopping bags.
  • Gift certificates: Gift cards are a great way to minimize waste and transportation footprint by keeping business local.
  • Wrapping Accessories: Re-use ribbons, bows, gift bags, and boxes whenever you can.

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