A New Budget Brings More Stormwater Opportunities
The City of Raleigh’s new fiscal year began on July 1 and it brought with it many opportunities to enhance the services provided to you by the Stormwater Management Division. Here are a few budget highlights:
- The City is hiring more stormwater staff to meet the division’s planning, project management, design, and plan review needs. This year, Raleigh Stormwater will add a new asset manager, project manager, designer, and development plan reviewer.
- Maintenance of City-owned stormwater control measures (SCMs), like wet ponds and bioretention areas, will be more centralized so that these devices continue to function properly when capturing stormwater runoff from properties. This is important because SCMs reduce flooding and improve water quality, especially in heavily developed areas where stormwater is unable to soak into the ground.
- More resources will be used to further support the use of green stormwater infrastructure in Raleigh, which includes encouraging the use of landscape features that absorb and store rainwater while removing pollutants that would otherwise go directly into local waterways. Using these landscape options will help reduce environmental impacts to Raleigh’s streams and lakes.
- Raleigh Stormwater is focusing efforts on communication so City staff can provide you with important stormwater information and learn the best way to reach you. Is there something you’d like to know about stormwater projects and programs? Let us know by emailing RaleighStormwater@raleighnc.gov.
If you have any questions about these opportunities, please contact the Stormwater Management Division at 919-996-3940 or RaleighStormwater@raleighnc.gov.