Stormwater Management and Lawn Care

“Keeping the Pamlico Clean”


Our mission

It is our mission to plan and manage growth in harmony with our natural surroundings of the river and estuary by controlling the level of pollutants in, and the quantity and flow of stormwater into the Tar-Pamlico River Basin.

"Be aware of items polluting our waterways.  Together we can make a difference.”

How can you help?
1) Keep grass clippings off the streets and out of storm drains. (Inform your lawn care provider)
2) Do not pour motor oil or antifreeze out in your lawn or ditches.
3) Use caution when using chemicals and excessive nutrients on your lawn.
4) Pickup all trash, yard waste and debris in the ditches.


5) Clean up after your pets.
6) Wash your vehicle in the grass instead of the driveway so the soapy water doesn’t run down in the drain.


What happens when grass clippings get in the river causing algae?

  • It blocks sunlight and prevents other plants from growing.
  • After it decays, it depletes much needed oxygen away from fish.
  • Phosphorus is limited thus reducing algae blooms

According to the Northeast Wisconsin Stormwater Coalition (NCWSC), one (1) bushel of fresh gr
ass clippings can contain0.1 pounds of Phosphorus, which if it ends up in the lakes or ponds is enough to produce 30 to 50 pounds of algae.


What is Stormwater?
Stormwater is rain that runs off roofs, yards, and paved surfaces that does not soak into the ground. Stormwater contains fertilizer, pesticides, pet feces and motor oil from the roads and driveways. Stormwater is carried away through storm drains and underground pipes. The pollution is carried directly to our river.

The City of Washington adopted a Stormwater Ordinance and Program in April of 2006. This program should be used to assist individuals in developing and implementing programs, treatment systems, and practices to achieve the goals set forth by the State of North Carolina.

Stormwater Utility Fee
Stormwater Utility Fee is charged to residential and commercial customers based on their property’s impact on the stormwater system. All revenues generated from the utility will support the funding of the stormwater management.

Contact Us
Michael Apple
Phone: (252) 359-1074