Stormwater management is a growing concern for Coastal Georgia. There are two basic issues that affect this concern, the volume of stormwater running off the land and the quality of the stormwater as it leaves the land and enters the natural surface water and groundwater systems. As we have and continue to develop within Coastal Georgia, the volume of stormwater running off the land continues to increase as more impervious surfaces are added through development.
More runoff is increasing the potential for flooding properties downstream, including property and land that has no history of flooding. Stormwater runoff will pick up materials from sediment to bacteria, from leaves and grass cuttings to oils and chemicals. These materials picked up by stormwater runoff will impact the quality of the water as the runoff enters the surface water and groundwater systems.
"Infrastructure, including stormwater management, can be used as a tool to manage growth, protect our environment and influence our development patterns. A suite of strategies should be considered for stormwater management, both structural and non-structural. Our vision is that Coastal Georgia will have regional resources and adequate funding allocated to the institutions that will provide adequate infrastructure in advance of development."