Polluted stormwater has been documented to be the primary cause of water quality problems in Georgia’s waterways, including the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries. When it rains, resultant stormwater washes various pollutants into our waterways. Some potential sources include sediment washing off of construction sites, contaminants flowing from industrial areas, and other pollutants that accumulate on our roadways.
Under the authority of the federal Clean Water Act, agencies issue permits to regulate stormwater runoff from a variety of sources that include construction and industrial activities, as well as impervious surfaces such as roads, parking lots, and roofs. Developers and municipalities must apply to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for a permit that reduces pollutants and manages stormwater runoff.
How CRK Makes a Difference
CRK has helped lead efforts by the environmental community to strengthen laws and regulations, improve educational and training programs, and secure enforcement actions against violators of stormwater laws.
- In 2003, 2008 and 2013, we helped negotiate the General Permits for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activities and their renewal in 2008, strengthening these permits in both instances.
- In 2006 and 2012, CRK helped negotiate improvements to Georgia’s General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Industrial Facilities.
- We have also participated in drafting Georgia’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems Permit Program and continue to advocate for tighter stormwater discharge limits and incentives for low-impact development.