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Stormwater
Lexington County is home to two major rivers, the Saluda River, a SC Scenic
River, the Congaree River, and Lake Murray, one of the largest
recreational areas in the County. In addition to consistent population
growth, Lexington County is experiencing rapid commercial, retail, and
industrial growth, making the protection of the County's natural resources a
priority.

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater
Permit controls discharges from the County's storm drainage
system, and the Ozone Early Action Compact (EAC) to reduce ground level
ozone concentrations are two environmental programs managed out of
the Public Works Stormwater Division. Both programs aim to achieve the
balance of resource protection and economic growth.

Stormwater Program
As natural landscapes are converted into urban landscapes, the ability for
the ground to absorb and filter stormwater is reduced or eliminated
completely. The paved roadways, parking areas, and other impervious surfaces
that make up an urban landscape
cause rainwater that once soaked into the ground to run off into storm
drains. Stormwater runoff picks up many pollutants along its way to the
storm drain, (pet waste, oils, antifreeze, etc.) and deposits those
pollutants into the nearest river, lake, or stream.
The NPDES stormwater program requires Lexington County to manage and clean
up pollution associated with stormwater runoff through six measures:

1. Public Education
2. Public Involvement
3. Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination
4. Construction Site Runoff Control
5. Post construction Runoff Control
6. Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping

The Town of Pine Ridge complies with the National Pollutant Discharge
Elimination System (NPDES), and has partnered and adopted Lexington County's
Stormwater Ordinance & Lexington County Land Development Manual. The Town
of Pine Ridge has an intergovernmental agreement with Lexington County to
implement the Construction and Post Construction minimum control measures on
our behalf. In addition, the Town of Pine Ridge also has an agreement with
the Clemson Extension's Carolina Clear program to assist us with the Public
Education and Public Involvement Minimum Control Measures through the
Lexington Countywide Stormwater Consortium.

For more information, check out these:

Lexington Countywide Stormwater Consortium:
http://www.clemson.edu/public/carolinaclear/consortiums/lcsc_home/index.html

Carolina Clear: http://www.clemson.edu/public/carolinaclear/

Lexington County Public Works:
http://www.lex-co.com/Departments/publicworks/stormwater.html

EPA: http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/home.cfm?program_id=6

SC DHEC: http://www.scdhec.gov/environment.htm