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Stormwater Management

Ben Morgan, PE, CFM
Stormwater Engineer & Stormwater Coordinator

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Mission Statement:

The Mission of the Cherokee County Stormwater Management Division is to promote, sustain, and enhance quality of life by protecting the water quality and aquatic habitat of the County’s streams, rivers, ponds, lakes and downstream receiving waters.  This is achieved through implementation of the County’s Stormwater Management Plan.   


The goal of the County’s Stormwater Management Plan is to meet the requirements of all NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) Stormwater Permits issued by the Georgia EPD (Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division), the MNGWPD (Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District) Watershed Management Plan, the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System (CRS), and the requirements of the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual (GSWMM). This includes public education, involvement, and outreach on stormwater impacts/pollution prevention, construction site runoff control, regulation of public and private stormwater infrastructure, and illicit discharge detection and elimination.

Objectives/Performance Measures:

1)     Maintain annual NPDES Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit from EPD.

2)     Enforce NDPES permits for stormwater discharges associated with construction activity.

3)     Maintain audit and annual good faith reviews initiated by MNGWPD.

4)     Maintain annual CRS recertification from FEMA.

5)     Ensure new development adheres to GSWMM regulations for stormwater quantity and quality.

6)     Conduct annual public outreach/education activities in coordination with Upper Etowah River Alliance.

7)     Respond to citizen inquiries and complaints regarding stormwater impacts within 3 business days.

8)     Inspect 20% of all public and private stormwater infrastructure annually.

9)     Design county stormwater infrastructure improvement projects.

10)   Regulate private stormwater infrastructure maintenance through outreach. 

11)   Provide semi-annual stormwater pollution prevention training to County staff.

CITIZEN HOTLINE:   Illicit Discharges 

Report illicit discharges or dumping into the Stormdrain System. Stormwater that drains into the Stormwater Drainage System is NOT treated or filtered in any way. 

Anything like leaves, grass clippings, motor oil, household chemicals that are dumped into a Stormwater Drain ends up in our treams and lakes! 

Please report any illicit discharges to 678 493-6060.  








In addition to the open house, the maps are available for viewing now at the Cherokee County Engineering Department, located at 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton, Georgia 30114. Contact information is listed below.  For more information and to locate a home’s flood risk, you may also visit www.GeorgiaDFIRM.com

For more information on flood insurance or to find an agent, visit www.FloodSmart.gov.

Flood Map Update Presentation

Ben Morgan, PE, CFM
Cherokee County Engineering
Direct: 678-493-6074
















What is Stormwater Runoff?                    

Stormwater Runoff

Rainfall that does not soak into the ground,but instead flows over the land into creeks,streams, rivers or lakes is called runoffstormwater runoff or just stormwater.

     What is a Watershed?

Watershed fm Metro   A watershed is all the land area that drains to a given body of water. Every stream, river and lake has a watershed. Everything that takes place within a watershed can affect what happens to our streams, rivers and lakes.

Why be Concerned about Stormwater? 

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Stormwater runoff occurs naturally,but as development and the amount of impervious surfaces such as rooftops, roads and parking lots increase in a watershed, the natural capacity of the soil and vegetation to infiltrate and take up rainfall decreases, and more rainfall becomes stormwater runoff. This can produce negative impacts such as streambank erosion and flooding.


In addition, stormwater runoff can easily pick up pollutants such as dirt, oil and grease, chemicals, nutrients, metals, and bacteria as it runs off the land and carries them to the nearest river or stream. This can result in water quality impairments which can affect human uses as well as aquatic life.

Because rivers and lakes are the primary source of drinking water in north Georgia, stormwater and watershed protection is vitally important to everyone.


 How do we address the negative impacts of stormwater runoff?

There are a number of ways to address the impacts of stormwater runoff.  These include:

  • Requiring post-construction structural stormwater controls—for both runoff quantity and quality—on all new development and redevelopment projects
  • Encouraging better site design to reduce imperviousness and leave more land as greenspace
  • Promoting pollution prevention practices to help keep contaminants out of stormwater
  • Addressing illicit discharge and illegal connections to storm sewer systems
  • Providing for stream buffer protection and effective floodplain management



 HOW  and WHERE to RECYCLE and dispose of Hazardous Materials:

  Cherokee Co Recycling Center          Earth911          

  Clean Water Campaign 

Click on the topics below for   Solutions to Stormwater Pollution

Pet Waste
Grease Management   
Car Maintenance
Lawn & Yard Care   
Car Washing
Household Chemicals
Trash & Litter
Pool Maintenance
Septic Systems




    Single Stream Recycling

Cherokee County Recycling Center



The Cherokee County Recycling Center is teamed up with Waste Management to provide single stream recycling.

Residents do not have to separate their recyclables before bringing them to one of the two recycling centers within the County.

Plastics #1- 7 are accepted for recycling.

Recycling Center (Main Location)
470 Blalock Road Canton, GA 30115


Sun-Mon: Closed

Tue-Wed: Noon - 6pm

Thu-Fri: 9am-6pm

Sat: 8am-4pm

tel: 770.516.4195 
fax: 770.517.7652
How Does Recycling Help Prevent Stormwater Pollution?


Common forms of litter (or trash) include:   aluminum cans, plastic bags and bottles, paper products, used food containers and more.

Litter can collect inside of storm drains causing potential flooding by not allowing water to enter fast enough during a storm. Smaller debris can wash into storm drains that drain to rivers, lakes and streams.


Small amounts of litter from your home or neighborhood add up to a big problem when it comes from an entire metro area.

This pollution has harmful effects on drinking water supplies, recreational use and wildlife.

By recycling, not only are you helping to keep litter from blocking storm drains and getting into waterways, but you are also helping to reduce the amount of trash going to landfills.

Recycling Drop-off Site
at Hobgood Park
6688 Bells Ferry Road Woodstock, GA 30189

Hours: M-F: 9am-5pm

tel: 770.516.4195


NOTICE:   The Cherokee County Recycling Center no longer accept metals, appliances, tires or motor oil. These items will only be accepted on Amnesty Days.

Dates for AMNESTY DAYS are annouced on the County homepage and this stormwater webpage. 

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 Annual Events: Focus on Preventing Water Pollution!

Watch the Cherokee County Home Page for notice of these Annual Events in 2015


Etowah River Clean-up          Electronics Recycling Day     Christmas Tree Recycling

                        When:   Fall                                      When:  October                            When: December-January 


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Educational Resources for Teachers
To ensure that future generations do their part to help preserve the quality of our waters, they must be educated as to how they can do their part. Below are links/information for great resources for engaging your students in stormwater/water pollution prevention education through Language Arts and Science:
U.S. EPA - Water for Kids
Fun resource for kids activities - for kids & teachers.


Art/Poetry Contest:


Project Wet:

Adopt-A-Stream: Includes Curriculum Manual
A great way to get students interested in pollution prevention is for them to have a hands-on, real world experience. One way to do this is through the Adopt-A-Stream program. If your class or school is interested in adopting a local stream, this site will provide you with a curriculum manual.
SCIENCE WORKSHOP for Elementary Classrooms
Be A Solution to Water Pollution! - Grades Level: 3rd-6th
Students learn about the water cycle while learning the harmful effect that pollution has on our rivers, lakes, and streams. This is a Be A Solution; Enviroscape Activity. Cherokee County has an Enviroscape Model that can be used for interactive classroom demonstrations and games. For more information contact Marjorie Hicks, Stormwater Coordinator at mhicks@cherokeega.com.
Septic Tanks - Pump It Out! ... every 3-5 years

View the Clean Water Campaign's brochure on Septic Tank Maintenance.


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Conserving Water

Water - Use It Wisely!

Great tips on water conservation and steps you can take around your house to reduce waste.

H2Ouse - Water Saver Home   www.H2ouse.org

 To visit the CLEAN WATER CAMPAIGN's web page with frequently asked questions about stormwater, click HERE.   www.cleanwatercampaign.com

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Construction Sites
EPA Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control

EPA Concrete Washout Fact Sheet

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Stormwater FAQ 

Composting, Grass cycling, and Mulching at Home (PowerPoint)

Do It Yourself Household Water Assessment

When it Rains, It Pollutes!

Septic Tank Maintenance

Pet Waste

Do It Yourself Auto Repair
Is Your Yard as Green as You Think?
Rain Gardens
Fascinating Non-Point Source Pollution Facts (PDF)
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Many thanks to the volunteers who helped with the Shoal Creek Cleanup!


Many thanks to the volunteers who helped with the Etowah River Cleanup.  40 volunteers worked a total of 160 hours. 6 miles along the Etowah and Canton Creek were cleaned.  We collected approximately 1000 lbs of trash (80 bags of trash plus larger items).

The most collected item - glass bottles and the most unusal  item - wheel chair.




12,206 pounds of Electronics were collected during the annual Electronics Recycling Day!!!









 2015 Etowah River Clean-up

  Many thanks to our wonderful volunteers!!!

Come and join us this fall in 2016 to help keep our river clean! 

Etowah Clean-up Photos 2015 collage

The Annual Etowah River Cleanup was held on September 19, 2015.

There were 38 volunteers, 42 bags of trash, 6 miles cleaned, most common item found - plastic bottles, and largest items – a sofa and love seat !

The Cherokee County Recycling Center picked up the trash and transported it to a local landfill after removing the large recyclable items. 


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