National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies Excellence in Communications and Stormwater Management Green Infrastructure Awards Program
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services was recognized by theNational Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA) as winners in the 2020 Excellence in Communications Awards and Stormwater Management Green Infrastructure Awards Program. Storm Water Services won top overall for the highest average ranking of all Excellence in Communications submittals for large municipalities for the "Turn Around, Don't Drown" flood safety educational campaign, first place in the Improving Water Quality category for the "Scoop the Poop" flagging educational campaign and first place in the Green Infrastructure Awards for theReedy Creek Stream Restoration Project.
The Water Environment Federation National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure “Overall Performance” Award
Charlotte Storm Water Services won the Water Environment Federation's 2020 National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure "Overall Performance" award in the Large Municipality category. Storm Water Services also received the "Gold Level" designation in the innovation and project management categories. Read more.
Charlotte Storm Water Services Granted Regional General Permit (RGP)
Charlotte Storm Water Services has achieved an unprecedented designation among municipal organizations in the Carolinas that will save time, money and headaches. On April 24, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and NC Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) issued a regional general permit (RGP) to Charlotte Storm Water Services (CSWS). The federal Clean Water Act requires that impacts to streams, wetlands and ponds are approved by the USACE and NCDEQ. Typically, projects that affect these waters require submittal of a Nationwide Permit application, with a 45-to-60 day review by these agencies.
The RGP is a 5-year programmatic permit that covers the vast majority of CSWS’s activities and eliminates the need for formal federal and state agency approval for many projects. This is the first and, to date, only programmatic RGP issued to a municipal organization in the Carolinas. That the RGP was issued solely to CSWS is a testament to the group’s quality of work. RGP will benefit Charlotte residents because it (A) saves time, (B) cuts costs, (C) reduces uncertainty through the project approval process, and (D) provides CSWS with more flexibility in project design and implementation. More information on the RGP can be found below:
Department of the Army Regional General Permit
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Charlotte Mecklenburg Storm Water Services with the regional 2017 EPA Rain Catcher Award in the Municipal Category. The EPA Region 4 Rain Catcher Award recognizes excellence in the implementation of stormwater green infrastructure practices.
CMSWS won for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools South Park Watershed Enhancement Project. The project is an innovative stormwater control measure (SCM) retrofit project implemented by CMSWS at an existing 71 acre school campus site in Charlotte. It includes 5 SCMs - two bioretention areas, a wet pond, an infiltration trench, and a detention basin sand filter (2017).
More information on the award and the project can be found below:
City of Charlotte Stormwater Services and the Town of Morrisville Both Awarded 2017 EPA Region 4 Rain Catcher Award
Overall Highest Score in the national Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards Program, held by the Water Environment Federation in cooperation with the US Environmental Protection Agency, in recognition of our comprehensive stormwater program and leadership in stormwater management issues, green infrastructure initiatives and reducing stormwater pollution of streams and lakes (2015).
First place award for Public Awareness of Flooding for Sing the Jingle flood safety campaign, National Association of Flood & Stormwater Management Agencies (2014).
Superior Award for "Build an A.R.K." (Awareness, Responsibility, Knowledge) flood safety campaign, National Association of County Information Officers (2013).