Stormwater Management’s mission is to maintain natural and man-made drainage ways in free-flowing condition, to reduce the risk of localized storm water flooding, to reduce stormwater pollution as required by Federal law, to manage floodplain development, and to manage the municipal drainage utility system.
Maintaining water quality and proper drainage is very important and beneficial to all residents and businesses in Garland for several reasons. Property values can erode with increases in water pollution or flooding. Water utility fees may increase because polluted water is difficult and expensive to treat. Water pollution is a deterrent for business growth. Polluted water is unsafe for many activities we all enjoy, including fishing, swimming, boating and other water sports. But perhaps the most important reason of all is that our drinking water is taken from surface water resources. The City of Garland Stormwater Management department is actively working to reduce pollution sources, not only for today, but also for the generations to come.
During the late 1980s, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revised Federal Water Quality Laws to reduce stormwater pollution. Under the new laws, the City of Garland, and all other cities with populations of more than 100,000 residents, were required to develop a stormwater management plan and to obtain a storm water permit. In 1991, the City Council approved a Stormwater Utility fee to pay for the management plan as well as fund drainage maintenance and local flooding projects.
Since 1991, the City has worked to implement required elements of the stormwater management plan and to comply with conditions of the EPA issued storm water discharge permit.