What is Stormwater?

stormwater2Stormwater is rainwater that collects on our rooftops, parking lots, roadways, and other impervious (hard) surfaces. This water flows into the storm drainage system to our local rivers and streams UNTREATED. As stormwater flows along, it picks up harmful pollutants (such as automotive fluids, trash, pet waste, fertilizers, and pesticides) which can harm our drinking water and the wildlife that live in and near our rivers and streams.

The City of Fayetteville Stormwater Division is mandated by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and the EPA to have a comprehensive program to address stormwater issues (both flooding and pollution) through its NPDES MS4 Permit. A copy of this permit can be found here. Permit compliance activities of the Stormwater Division are reported annually to DEQ. A copy of the most recent report can be found here. The Stormwater Division plays an integral part in the City of Fayetteville's vision of providing its citizens with quality services in an efficient manner, the Stormwater Division will, to the maximum extent practicable:

  • Safeguard the public welfare through the proper collection, conveyance, and storage of stormwater runoff in a non-damaging and non-life threatening manner.
  • Ensure compliance with the State issued NPDES municipal stormwater discharge permit and with all other applicable water quality regulations related to stormwater runoff.
  • Provide maintenance and repair to ensure that all infrastructures are properly functioning and well maintained.
  • Provide inspection and monitoring of industrial activities.
  • Maintain an inventory of the major stormwater drainage system outfalls.
  • Conduct field sampling and screening of drainage outfalls including laboratory analysis.
  • Provide public awareness and volunteer programs to educate on pollution reduction.
  • Coordinate erosion control for construction activities.

The Stormwater Division maintains a 24-hour HOTLINE at 910-433-1613 to answer your stormwater questions and/or report stormwater problems related to drainage or pollution! Stormwater inquiries in unincorporated Cumberland County should be directed to County Engineering 910-678-7636. Stormwater inquiries that involve an NC DOT maintained road should be directed to the local NC DOT Maintenance Division at 910-364-0602.