Ben Morgan, PE, CFM
Stormwater Engineer & Stormwater Coordinator
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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.
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