Peach County is responsible for the design and construction of numerous stormwater projects each year to improve drainage on and around public roadways. Projects include installing or upgrading county-owned drainage pipes, pump stations, drainage structures, pre-treatment retention ponds, and more. The County also develops watershed master plans to gather valuable information to help solve flooding issues.
Motor Oil Disposal Decals
This program involves installing “Used Motor Oil Decals” on each residential garbage container (approximately 4,000) used in the unincorporated areas of Peach County. Each decal will instruct the individual on used motor oil disposal procedures and will contain the address, phone number of the Peach County Recycling Facility, and URL for the County’s Stormwater Web Site.
Dry Weather Screening
The County screens dry weather discharges in the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) within the urbanized areas of the County. The County screens 100 percent of its outfalls within the urbanized area on an annual basis. Updates to the outfall maps will also be made annually to identify outfalls from the (MS4s) to waters of the State, which is consistent with the definition of an outfall from the general permit. If there is dry weather flow and if detected water quality limits are above their acceptable baseline limits as outlined in the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District’s dry weather screening standards as outlined in Standards and Methodologies for Surface Water Quality Monitoring, the County will initiate the Source Tracing and Removal Procedures.
MS4 Inspection Program
To ensure long-term functionality of the County’s drainage infrastructure, an MS4 inspection and maintenance program has been implemented for the urbanized areas of the County that utilizes the EPD approved inspection procedure/checklist. MS4 elements for inspection include storm sewer lines, catch basins, culverts, and drainage ditches. These inspections will include examinations for both structural and water quality concerns.
From these inspections, proactive maintenance and system cleaning will be performed on an as needed basis as funds are available to ensure functional operation of the drainage system during future storm events. The County will conduct these inspections on a periodic basis such that routine maintenance can be performed on major drainage systems thereby reducing the potential for significant drainage system failures. Maintenance activities will include infrastructure and repair and abatement of erosion. All debris and litter removed will be disposed of at a local landfill.