Stormwater Management Program
Improve Water Quality
The City’s Stormwater Management Program seeks to not only limit flooding and runoff-related damage, but also to improve the quality of the water in the Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac River, and all of the tributary streams in Washington County. The City’s Stormwater Management Ordinance establishes the stormwater quality and quantity requirements for both new (“greenfield”) developments, as well as previously constructed sites that are being redeveloped. The City has also developed a program to comply with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit issued by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Homeowners and residents can assist the City's efforts to manage stormwater and reduce pollutant discharges. Please visit the Homeowner Participation page for methods and techniques that you can implement to help the City meet its goals. If you witness or discover a discharge of pollutants into the City's storm drainage system, or into streams or waterways, please notify the City using the Illicit Discharge Report form.
Stormwater Management Structures
Stormwater management within the City of Hagerstown is provided by numerous private and public facilities. Ponds, trenches, and underground detention are all used in varying degrees around the City. Some sites have stormwater management structures already in place to provide the necessary control. Other sites will require the construction of the necessary facilities as part of site development. Typically, those structures which serve residential areas are ultimately owned and maintained by a homeowners association. Those structures which serve commercial / industrial areas are owned and maintained by either the property owner or developer. An exception to this are those regional structures located in City-owned business parks which are accordingly owned and maintained by the City. The City inspects these facilities periodically, and issues notices to the facility owners when maintenance or repair of the facility is required.
Please contact the office of the City Engineer at (301) 739-8577 ext. 125 for more information on the City’s stormwater program.