Stormwater Management is a city program (not department) that encompasses several city departments. The program's mission is to maintain natural and man-made drainage ways in free-flowing condition, reduce the risk of localized storm water flooding, educate our residents and businesses, reduce stormwater pollution as required by Federal law, as well as to manage floodplain development and the municipal drainage utility system.
The City of Garland 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 activities outlined in 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.