Backyard Composting

There are many benefits to composting.  It is a simple and inexpensive way to dispose of and recycle food scraps and yard waste that would otherwise enter the water stream.  Compost also helps improve the health and quality of the soil that it is added to.


  • Reduces the volume of garbage
  • Saves money on disposal costs
  • Enriches and adds nutrients to the soil
  • Improves soil structure forms better root growth
  • Balances acid and alkalinity (pH) of the soil
  • Suppresses disease and harmful pests
  • Reduces the need for chemical fertilizers

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Where do I recycle my used oil?

Used motor oil can be recycled. It can be collected and re-refined.  Re-refined oil is as good a lubricant as new oil. Out of a 42 gallon barrel of crude oil,  you get 2 1/2 quarts of new motor oil. While recycling just one gallon of used motor oil will yield the same 2 1/2 quarts.

Of all Americans who change their own oil, only 10% of them dispose of their waste oil in the proper Manner.

A single quart of oil will foul the taste of 250,000 gallons of water. Oil kills the floating organisms in fresh water that feed fish, and it kills aquatic life.

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Long Term Stormwater Comprehensive Plan Project (LTSWCP)

The Long Term Stormwater Comprehensive Plan (LTSWCP) is designed to develop an overall storm water management approach for the City’s stormwater infrastructure while meeting unfunded mandated NPDES permit requirements.  The plan will assist the City in Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) compliance while also serving as a guide for short and long term planning and budgeting for stormwater system BMP’s, mitigation projects, controls, construction, maintenance, commercial and private maintenance agreements, and addressing flooding issues.

There are two major components of the City’s stormwater program.  The first component is focused on water quality and the control of storm water pollution in order to remain compliant with Federal and State mandates of the NPDES requirements of the Clean Water Act of 1972.  The second component is the management of the quantity of storm water in the system.  The City’s stormwater infrastructure is predominantly combined in most of the densely populated commercial areas. The city regulates discharges in these and other areas to ensure downstream impacts and combined sewer overflow events (CSO’s) are minimized. This entails creating regulatory oversight of all construction while creating routine inspections of storm water structures, clearing blockages, fielding citizen requests/complaints, and designing infrastructure improvements.

The Comprehensive plan, in conjunction with the Geographic Information System (GIS) data and systems that are developed as part of the plan, will provide the City with the digital infrastructure necessary to perform storm sewer system analysis to solve many storm water related quality and quantity issues while creating enterprise efficiencies.  Phase One of this project began in mid 2011 and will continue through seven phases.

Stormwater Drainage Complaint Form

Drainage Complaint Form photoHave stormwater issues?

This form is design to informed the City of a storm drain issue, flooding during rain storms, repairs need on stormwater pipe.  Let us know.  Please download, fill out the form and mail to:

City of Charleston                                         114 Dickinson Street                                                Charleston, WV 25301

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Earth Day at the Clay Center

The Charleston Stormwater Program brought their stormwater themed Water Wall to teach the students what impacts they can have on water quality.  Hundreds of students had the opportunity to learn how to keep our streams and river clean.

Students form several local schools attended the Clay Center’s Earth Day Activities.

Charleston Stormwater Program travels…

If your school would like the Charleston Stormwater Program to bring our Water Wall to your classroom?  Please contacts us below:

Rain Barrel Workshops


What is a rain barrel?  

A barrel or basin used to catch water flowing from your gutters.

How does it work?

A rain barrel is placed near a roof downspout outlet.  The barrel is then connected to the downspout and runoff is diverted into the rain barrel .  From a spigot on the bottom of the barrel, water is fed into your hose or watering can.

Where do I get one?

Throughout the spring of 2013, the WVDEP and The City of Charleston will be offering Rain Barrel Workshops.  To register contact Tomi Bergstrom at the WV DEP: 304-926-0499 ext. 1098


Rain Barrel Workshops Dates:


April 21, 2013  East End Bazaar 3:00-5:00

May   1, 2013  Cato Park 5:30-7:30

May 19, 2013  Capitol Market 3:00-5:00

May 29, 2013  Kanawha City Elementary 5:30-7:30

To register e-mail or call 304-926-0499 ext. 1098. 

Cost is $40.00 per person and registration is limited to 25 people.

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Rain Barrel Tour 2013

The Stormwater Department would like to thank all of the Artists for they time and creativity.  The barrels were placed in several places throughout the city to promote water conservation.






Bubbles of Hope







Lisa Recycles







Recycle WV





April Showers Bring May Flowers














Garden Pond



Where the Wild Things Are

















Rhythm & Flow







Midnight at the Oasis













Purple Rain






Captain Nemo’s Nemesis






The Passenger




Pots A Bloomin’




Charlie West







Barrel of Monkey Business











Perception and Precipitation






Spring Done Sprung




He Provides

This Frog is You








Charleston Stormwater Department holds 1st MS4 Collaboration meeting

 Charleston Stormwater Department holds 1st MS4 Collaboration meeting.

34 people representing 21 MS4 attended first MS4 Collaborative meeting. The MS4’s representatives came together to discuss the opportunities and challenges of new stormwater regulations.

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WV MS4 Meeting-Notes 1-30-2013

View the MS4 Meeting Questionaire below.

MS4 Meeting Questionaire