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.

Click on link to download Rain Barrel Workshop flyer




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.

Click on image or below to download the meeting notes.

WV MS4 Meeting-Notes 1-30-2013

View the MS4 Meeting Questionaire below.

MS4 Meeting Questionaire

Stormwater takes an Artwalk

The Charleston StormWater Department in association with Kanawha City Elementary is participating in Artwalk 2012, December 20th. Display will be located at the City Service Center throughout December.

                                                                                       Join us Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 from 5:00-8:00 to see local elementary student’s ornaments inspired by the protection of our rivers and drinking water.

Click on picture to download brochure. 

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:
  • 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.

WV State University hosting workshop on storm water management

Contact Info

Contact Name: Amir Hass, Ph.D. Research Scientist WV State University

Contact Phone: 304.645.5410

Contact E-mail:

WV State University to host workshop on storm water management

INSTITUTE, WV – Soil scientists, storm water managers, engineers and practitioners will soon gather on the campus of West Virginia State University for a workshop on storm water management. The two-day event will take place on Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2.

Sponsored by the West Virginia Association of Professional Soil Scientists (WVAPSS), the workshop will cover new MS4 requirements and will showcase best management practices (BMPs) and interpretation ratings for BMPs in different soil types.

West Virginia currently requires that storm water be managed on site, by infiltration, evapotranspiration or harvesting. The workshop will focus on soil interpretations and storm water practices that infiltrate storm water, instead of letting water runoff and cause flooding downstream or runoff into overtaxed storm sewers.

On Friday, participants will learn about the new Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), requirements and Charleston’s BMPs. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) personnel will introduce and conduct a hands-on instruction session of the newly developed Web Soil Survey storm water soil rating interpretations. Web Soil Survey is a free, web-based tool which enables users to evaluate the suitability of different soil types to different storm water BMPs in order to plan the best BMP to install. On Saturday, there will be a tour of four storm water BMPs in the Charleston area.

Members of WVAPPS can attend the event at no charge. Registration for non-members is $25. To register, contact Robert Pate at or 304-255-9225, ext. 129.

The workshop will begin with a meet and greet session in room 135 of the WVSU Wilson Student Union on Friday, June 1, at 9 a.m.