Land Development Division - Water Quality
We are partnering with the construction industry to help promote Best Management Practices (BMPs), or methods used on construction sites to keep pollution out of our storm drains and to protect receiving waters.
By providing you with the tools to create an efficient and environmentally safe construction site, we hope to make your job easier while keeping our streams clean.
Included in this brochure is valuable information on important BMPs, right-of-way permitting and Greenville’s inspection and enforcement program. We hope you find it useful.
Together, we have the ability to preserve and improve the quality of life in Greenville.
The watershed prioritization will be used to direct the County's efforts and funds in applying BMPs to address water quality problems.
NPDES stands for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, which is the compliance system for the Clean Water Act. NPDES requires that all storm water discharges that enter waters of the United States meet minimum federal water quality requirements.
The goal of NPDES permitting is to improve and protect the quality of our nation’s waterways by eliminating pollution from storm water runoff to the maximum extent practicable.
Should the county choose not to comply with the permit, penalties for willful non-compliance can reach up to $25,000 per day each day a separate offense or imprisonment, or both.
The County has an ordinance in place that addresses illegal dumping and litter. Enforcement of this ordinance is part of the County’s Phase I permit requirements. Code enforcement officers are authorized to cite any person or persons caught illegally dumping any material other than rainwater into a storm drain.
Yes, the County cleans catch basins and storm drains as needed.
Installing a filter or screen in front of a catch basin is not a practical solution to curbing the amount and type of pollution entering the storm sewer system. They are hard (labor-intensive) to maintain and do little to prevent street flooding.
Call the Land Development Division at 864.467.4610. They will log your report and address your complaint.
A catch basin is a device to collect storm water runoff and is typically connected to a pipe system or open channel to convey it to a receiving water. A catch basin may be located in the street, on the curb or in a yard.
The Saluda-Reedy Watershed is located in the Upstate of South Carolina running from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the shores of Lake Greenwood. Visit http://www.saludareedy.org/ for more information.
A slotted opening leading to an underground pipe or an open ditch form carrying surface runoff.
A network of underground pipes and open channels designed for flood control which discharge straight to a receiving waterbody.
The Clean Water Act prohibits anybody from discharging "pollutants" through a "point source" into a "water of the United States" unless they have an NPDES permit. The permit contains limits on what you can discharge, monitoring and reporting requirements, and other provisions to ensure that the discharge does not hurt water quality or people's health. In essence, the permit translates general requirements of the Clean Water Act into specific provisions tailored to the operations of each person or entity (Greenville County) discharging pollutants.
The term point source means any discernible, confined and discrete conveyance, such as a pipe, ditch, channel, tunnel, conduit, discrete fissure, or container. It also includes vessels or other floating craft from which pollutants are or may be discharged. By law, the term "point source" also includes concentrated animal feeding operations, which are places where animals are confined and fed. By law, agricultural storm water discharges and return flows from irrigated agriculture are not considered "point sources".
The term "water of the United States" means navigable waters, tributaries to navigable waters, interstate waters, the oceans out to 200 miles, and intrastate waters which are used by interstate travelers for recreation or other purposes, as a source of fish or shellfish sold in interstate commerce, or for industrial purposes by industries engaged in interstate commerce.
The term includes any type of industrial, municipal, and agricultural waste discharged into water. Some examples are dredged soil, solid waste, incinerator residue, sewage, garbage, sewage sludge, munitions, chemical wastes, biological materials, radioactive materials, heat, wrecked or discarded equipment, rock, sand, cellar dirt and industrial, municipal, and agricultural waste. By law, a pollutant is not sewage or discharges incidental to the normal operation of an Armed Forces vessel, or water, gas, or other material injected into an oil and gas production well.
It is a permissible activity as long as the wastewater being discharged is covered by and in compliance with an NPDES permit, and there are enough controls in place to make sure the discharge is safe and that humans and aquatic life are being protected. To find out if a discharge is covered by a NPDES permit, call the EPA Regional office or the state office responsible for issuing NPDES permits.
Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) are discharges of raw sewage from municipal sanitary sewer systems. SSOs can release untreated sewage into basements or out of manholes and onto city streets, playgrounds and into streams before it can reach a treatment facility. SSOs are often caused by blockages or breaks in sewer lines. SSOs negatively affect water quality when untreated sewage is discharged into waterbodies.
Typically, the Property Owner is responsible for the activities that occur on a property through use agreements and would be ultimately responsible for any maintenance, upkeep, disposition, taxes and liability associated with the property itself. However, for regulatory and enforcement purposes, the person who causes or allows the Illicit Discharge to occur will be identified as the Responsible Person. This person can be the resident or occupant, renter or lessee, proprietor, plant manager or person in responsible charge of an operation, activity or process resulting in an Illicit Discharge to the environment. This person will be held responsible for its satisfactory removal and for documenting that the Illicit Discharge has been permanently eliminated.
The Land Development Division (LDD) of the Greenville County Public Works Department is responsible
for receiving all reports of suspected and confirmed Illicit Discharges from within the permitted
area. LDD will endeavor to identify and resolve those Potential Illicit Discharges reported
and follow up with the effective and permanent elimination of any Illicit Discharges that are
found to exist within the authorized MS4 jurisdiction.
Call 911 for EMERGENCY reporting of MAJOR CHEMICAL SPILLS, a HAZARDOUS MATERIAL DISCHARGE, or an event causing a catastrophic or disastrous impact requiring an IMMEDIATE or URGENT response by trained professionals. Situations involving spills, leakage or discharge of pollutants observed by emergency responders require follow-up reporting to SC DHEC and will, in turn, be reported to the Greenville County MS4 for tracking purposes.
Call 864: 467.4610 to report all other observed Illicit Discharges located within the Cities of Mauldin, Simpsonville, Fountain Inn, Travelers Rest and the other unincorporated areas of Greenville County.
The City of Greenville and the City of Greer are independently designated MS4 jurisdictions and Illicit Discharges within those permitted areas should be reported to the respective municipality.
The person reporting an Illicit Discharge to LDD should be prepared to describe the type of illicit discharge observed and provide accurate location and contact information for follow-up purposes. Basically, the concerned person reporting the discharge should be able to generally classify the observed discharge as one of two types or categories of illicit pollutant discharges, Acute (Class II) or Chronic (Class III). They should also be able to provide the time and date the reported discharge was observed. Initially, each reported Class II or Class III discharge is logged into the Illicit Discharge Reporting (login) System as a Potential Illicit Discharge until sufficient information can be documented to properly identify the source and qualify the reported discharge as an actual Illicit Discharge requiring elimination.
Class I – Catastrophic Discharge causing Imminent Danger such as a
ruptured or overturned chemical or fuel tank pouring dangerous quantities of hazardous or
flammable materials into the stormwater conveyances or waterways. This type of incident
requires immediate attention by emergency response personnel who are "on-call" and qualified
to deal with related environmental impacts involving implementation of emergency
notification/evacuation plans and the filing of incident reports with the proper authorities.
Class II - Acute Pollutant Discharge would be regarded a severe, but non-emergency situation indicating a less urgent response. This type of Illicit Discharge would require a prompt response to investigate, document and require elimination of the Illicit Discharge as prescribed by the SWMP. These types of Illicit Discharges would include non-life-threatening releases of untreated industrial or domestic wastewater. They could include chemical, fuel or process leaks of noticeable, but non-lethal quantities that if left unabated, could result in a fish kill or other intense impairment or damage to the environment.
Class III – Chronic Pollutant Discharge indicates a less severe, more long-term deleterious effect or nuisance to the environment, such as a grey water discharge, a septic tank malfunction, sewer service leakage, frequent overflow from a malfunctioning grease trap, a discharge or placement of non-toxic nuisance material into the drainage system or waterway. These types of Illicit Discharges alone have minimal impact to the environment, but left unchecked could collectively have a cumulative detrimental effect on the health of the watershed.
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