Stormwater Management Program
Brazos County has developed our Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) to comply with state and federal regulations and improve the quality of life in our county. The SWMP contains activities to reduce the amount of pollution in the storm water that runs off into our lakes and streams.
Where It Originates
Stormwater originates from rainfall; whatever doesn't soak into the ground runs off into our creeks. Stormwater starts off relatively free of pollutants, but as it flows over the landscape it picks up substances from our roads, parking lots, and lawns and carries these substances into the streams and lakes.
Where It Goes
Stormwater does not go to a treatment plant, it discharges directly to our streams without any treatment. Many of the substances picked up by the stormwater are harmful to the plants and animals that live in our streams and ponds, which is why it is important for us to reduce storm water pollution.
Stormwater Concerns in Brazos County
Carter Creek Segment 1209C is currently an impaired water body with high levels of bacteria. High levels of bacteria can cause several diseases.
Fight for Stormwater Quality by:
- Reporting issues and/or complaints to: Brazos County Stormwater Concerns (especially OSSF concerns)
- Clean up after animals and pets
- Always dispose of your own litter properly at a Trash Collection Site;
- Spread the word to friends and neighbors that illegal dumping is a crime
- Do not transport unsecured debris in the back of a vehicle - always use a tarp or other cover;
- Organize volunteer cleanups of illegal dump sites - people are less likely to litter in clean areas;
- Do not pay roofing or other contractors until they present you with a landfill receipt showing that your waste was properly disposed;
- Report illegal dumping in unincorporated areas to: Brazos County Sheriff's Department: 979-361-4900.
Penalties for Pollution of Stormwater:
- Notice of Intent Form - Notice of Intent for Storm Water Discharges from Small Municipal Separate
- Storm Sewer Systems under the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES)
- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) General Permit to Discharge - Under the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System under provisions of Section 402 of the Clean Water Act and Chapter 26 of the Texas Water Code
- Protect our water from pollution - The Dirty Dozen
- Illegal Dumping - Penalties under the Texas Litter Abatement Act: Health and Safety Code 365
- Stormwater and the Construction Industry