Habitat For Humanity Rain Garden

The Storm Water Department and the City of Charleston is committed to improving storm water in our watershed. Rain garden and streetscape improvements have already help improve storm water. These projects reduce nutrients, sediments and other pollutants entering the City’s waterways through the use of infiltration and vegetative and soil filtering.

Projects around the City

  • Habitat for Humanity’s Rain Garden (805 Young Street)– This Rain garden infiltrates the storm water from the parking lot eliminating the need for a storm drain. See pictures at: http://hfhkp.org/restore/RainGarden.html
  • West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Rain Garden (601 57th Street S.E.) This rain garden catches water from the parking area, infiltrates and filters it before returning the water to the ground table.
  • Florida Street Streetscape, (2nd Avenue to Kanawha Blvd). Reconstruction of new curb and sidewall incorporated “drains to waterways” inlets to help educated the public on storm water.

 

Washing Your Car

The Facts about Car Washing!

For many, car washing is a springtime ritual. Often, citizens don’t that by washing all the winter grime off their vehicles they might actually be caused harm to our local waterways.

Water entering storm drains, unlike water that enters sanitary sewers, does not undergo treatment before it is discharged into our waterways, When cars are washed on streets and driveways, that dirty water eventually winds up in the streams, creeks and rivers.

Washing one car may not seem to be a problem, but collectively car washing activity adds up to big problems for our local streams, creeks and rivers.  Pollution associated with car washing degrades water quality while also finding its way into sediments, impacting aquatic habitats.