Georgia EPD Declares Level 1 Drought Response, Encourages Water Conservation
Persistent dry conditions have prompted the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to declare a Level 1 Drought Response in 53 counties, including Henry County. A Level 1 Drought Response declaration means local water utilities in the affected counties will be required to begin a public information campaign to help citizens better understand drought, its impact on water supplies and the need for water conservation.
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To effectively and efficiently
manage stormwater runoff and protect the safety, property
and environmental quality of unincorporated Henry County.
Henry County is required by law to
comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Stormwater
NPDES Phase II Permit Program. This program requires that
all regulated communities, including Henry County, prepare
stormwater management plans to control runoff of stormwater
from both point and non-point pollution sources.
The Henry County Stormwater Management
Department (HCSMD) was established in 2004 and is responsible
for the development and implementation of stormwater pollution
abatement projects within unincorporated Henry County.
Under the Federal
Clean Water Act ( Download the overview of the act.), each county and municipality throughout the nation is issued a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit. The goal of the permit is to stop polluted discharges from entering the storm drain system and local waterways. The Henry County Stormwater Management Department's pollution abatement projects are designed to meet the requirements of the NPDES Permit
The Stormwater Program has two major elements — Reduce
Pollution and Flood Control. Pollution Abatement involves
compliance with federal regulations, and in essence, constitutes
the model program components (i.e., Public Education, Inspection/Enforcement,
Illicit Discharges/Illicit Connections, Program Compliance)
while Flood Control is essential for the protection of life
A major focus of the program is the
control and elimination of stormwater pollution through compliance
with the NPDES municipal stormwater permit. Henry County is
currently in its first year of a five year cycle.