“Land Disturbance” by definition, means any activity that changes the physical conditions of land form, vegetation and hydrology, creates bare soil, or otherwise may cause erosion or sedimentation. Such activities include, but are not limited to clearing, removal of vegetation, stripping, grading, grubbing, excavating, filling, logging and storing of materials.
The Town of Bluffton’s Stormwater Management Division is responsible for construction site inspections on approved land disturbance activities and enforcement of the Town’s stormwater ordinance.
Development and redevelopment converts former pervious surface soils to non-pervious man-made surfaces, which then produces increased runoff volumes and flows. The physical problems resulting from this increased runoff includes, but is not limited to: flooding, soil erosion, sedimentation, and the pollution of lands and surrounding water bodies.
Horizontal, vertical, and post-construction inspections for sediment, erosion, and Stormwater runoff controls are conducted by an inspector, bearing proper credentials and identification, to ensure that the construction adheres to the approved plans to curb and/or remediate the physical effects of land disturbance.
The Town of Bluffton is dedicated to improving our Stormwater services and preserving the health of our surrounding waters. Through the NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) program, the Town will engage in a variety of activities to identify, detect, and eliminate potential sources of Stormwater pollution in our community.
➢ Stormwater Design Manual:
The Town’s Stormwater Design Manual is a comprehensive tool for the application of Stormwater management controls and Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) aimed at improving the water quality of stormwater. It contains rules and minimum requirements for the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of all drainage facilities within the Town and all areas subject to its jurisdiction. Definitions, formulas, criteria, procedures, and data presented within the Stormwater Design Manual have been developed to support the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Article 5.
Stormwater features, such as lagoons, in your community are engineered devices, intended to moderate flood surges and reduce stormwater pollution. As with other engineered devices, these features require maintenance to prevent them from falling into disrepair. Developing and implementing a Best Management Practice (BMP) maintenance schedule will increase the long-term operation of your stormwater feature, will reduce pollutants to receiving waterbodies like the May River, and potentially save your community money on large repairs associated with failing systems.
If Stormwater infrastructure or a Stormwater BMP was installed on a project, the project owner is required by the Town to have annual inspections of these systems completed in order to maintain performance and function.
The Town’s Stormwater Ordinance can be found at the following link.
Article 5.10 provides information regarding the Stormwater design requirements for development, operation and maintenance of best management practices (BMPs), illicit discharges and connections, and the right to inspect any and all Stormwater Systems within the jurisdiction of the Town.
To learn more about what an NPDES Permit is please visit here.
Please report any flooding or drainage concerns to the Town of Bluffton at 843 706-4500 or email us at growthmanagementcs[at]townofbluffton.com.
To learn more about the State’s Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan please visit here.