Update 2023-05-19: Valdosta annual stormwater reports to GA-EPD 2023-02-14.
In December GA-EPD reissued Valdosta’s stormwater permit, which happens every five years.
However, if I understand the response by Valdosta City Engineer Ben O’Dowd in the documents received in response to an open records request, all there is right now is a generic boilerplate permit for cities of this size. That generic permit requires Valdosta to spell out best practices it will use, and to update its Stormwater Master Plan (SWMP), all by June 4, 2023.
Since the City Engineer has been quite receptive to public input lately, I hope this means Valdosta will be accepting input into rewriting the SWMP. About trash, for example.
April 5, 2023
City of Valdosta
300 N Lee Street
Valdosta, GA 31601
Open Records Request Number – ORR-2023-145
Subject: Valdosta Stormwater permit from GA-EPD
The GA EPD released their updated GAG610000 permit effective December 6th, 2022. See attachments. Affected municipalities were required to submit a “Notice of Intent” to comply with the updated permit 30 days prior to updated permit adoption. The City of Valdosta submitted its NOI on September 22nd, 2022. See attached.
Once the NOI is submitted to the EPD, the affected municipalities must then develop and submit an updated Stormwater Management Program or SWMP for review and approval by the EPD within 180 days of permit adoption. The deadline for submittal of our updated SWMP is June 4th, 2022.
Once we submit our updated SWMP to EPD and it is approved, we will amend the City’s website to match the adopted permit and plan.
See link below for the EPD’s Municipal Stormwater information: https://epd.georgia.gov/watershed-protection-branch/stormwater/municipal-stormwater
Benjamin O’Dowd, PE
Director / City Engineer
Submitted by: Cindy Randall
Contact Information (229)259-3530
All three documents as received are on the WWALS website.
The maps are from Stormwater Division on Valdosta’s website.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®