Stormwater Mapping and Inventory
The Public Works Department's Stormwater Utility Division will be conducting a detailed inventory of rivers, streams, inlets, underground pipes and drainage ways within the Raleigh area for the purpose of developing Geographic Information System (GIS) drainage maps and locating illicit connections/discharges. Mapping the entire drainage system within Raleigh's Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ), on both public and private property, is a requirement of the federal Clean Water Act governing the discharge of stormwater into the Neuse River. Since much of the drainage system is located on or runs through private property, it may be necessary for the City staff to have access to private property in order to collect required information.
Inventory crews will locate important drainage structures using Global Positing System [(GPS) sub-meter accuracy] and take detailed measurements of inlets, pipes and open channels. They will not disturb or damage property or vegetation on private property. If an important stormwater structure is covered, buried, and/or otherwise obstructed, the permission of the property owner will be obtained before staff accesses the structure with special tools and equipment.
In order to ensure the recognition of City of Raleigh staff conducting the inventory, field crew members will wear orange vests or brightly colored outerwear with a City logo and shall display City identification badges.
Staff will examine drainage facilities that play a vital role (12-inch diameter pipes or greater) in carrying and conveying stormwater runoff. Much of this system is located within private property.
The goal for this drainage information is for the City to address water quality issues. This information is NOT presented as survey grade data and DOES NOT serve to replace an actual field survey.
Locations of Assets
Privately-owned Stormwater Systems/Structures are located on:
- Residential (single and multifamily)
- Homeowner Association common area
- Vacant property
City-owned Stormwater Systems/Structures are located on:
- Public rights-of-way (City streets)
- Other City-owned property
Call the Stormwater Utility Division at 919-996-3940 or email us at StormwaterUtilityHelpingU@raleighnc.gov.
Individual Drainage System PDF Maps (Limited selection)
- Beaverdam SW Creek
- Big Branch
- Bushy Branch
- Crabtree Creek Page 1
- Crabtree Creek Page 2
- Crabtree Creek Page 3
- House Creek
- Marsh Creek
- Pigeon House Creek
- Richland Creek
- Rochester Heights Tributary
- Rocky Branch
- Simmons Branch
- Southgate Tributary
- Sycamore Creek
- Turkey Creek
- Walnut Creek East
- Wildcat Branch