Check out this short video related to stormwater runoff and some stormwater best management practices (BMPs) and their maintenance. The maintenance of these science-based solutions to stormwater management, ensures a lasting positive relationship between communities and the natural resources of the Georgia coast. For more information and other resources related to stormwater operations, inspection and maintenance tools, and more, visit the UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant page.

This section contains pertinent stormwater information for the municipalities that the MPC serves (Bloomingdale and Unincorporated Chatham County).


The City of Bloomingdale encourages businesses and residents to learn about best management practices that protect water quality.
Bloomingdale Stormwater Management Plan (2015)
Bloomingdale Trash/Recycling Service

Unincorporated Chatham County

Chatham County encourages businesses and residents to learn about best management practices that protect water quality.
Chatham County Stormwater Management Plan (2015)
Chatham County Recycling Service

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) was created by the Federal Clean Water Act. NPDES regulates water pollution by controlling pollution sources. In Georgia, the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) oversees NPDES permits. In order to protect our water quality, municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) use a variety of “best management practices” (BMPs).

Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE)

Georgia EPD Contact Information

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD) is a branch of the State’s Department of Natural Resources. GA EPD contact information can be found on their webpage. Click here to go to the GA EPD webpage.

Georgia Erosion & Sedimentation Act

The Georgia Erosion and Sedimentation Act (GESA) protects water quality by controlling the flow of soils into water bodies.
How to Conserve Natural Resources on Construction Sites Manual

Georgia Stormwater Management Manual

The Georgia Stormwater Management Manual (GSMM) provides guidance to municipalities throughout the state. The Coastal Stormwater Supplement is intended for jurisdictions in coastal Georgia.
Georgia Stormwater Management Manual
Coastal Stormwater Supplement

Report Water Violations

To report a water violation or an environmental emergency requiring immediate attention, such as a spill or chemical release, contact Georgia Environmental Protection Division at (800) 241-4113.

Other important numbers for GA EPD may be found here.

Other resources to report water pollution or violations:
Chatham County Environmental Health Office - (912) 356-2160
Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission - (912) 651-1440