How to Manage Storm Water in Brunswick County


Managing Stormwater in Brunswick County

Brunswick County is an important regional center that offers a wide range of employment opportunities, business and professional services, and important historical, cultural, and recreational attractions. Brunswick County residents desire to maintain the character of their communities and sustain and improve the excellent quality of life that the area provides. Residents and County officials favor growth and development that is environmentally-responsible, well-designed and located, and respectful of the character of the County. Future development is expected to involve a mix of residential development with varying densities and building styles, as well as new business, industrial, and institutional land uses. It is the purpose of the Brunswick County Storm Water Program to meet the current and anticipated needs for storm water services and to protect public and private properties, rivers, estuaries, and other water bodies from unnecessary damage due to storm water releases and non-point source pollution. The provision of those services will be based upon compatibility with the County’s development plans, the County’s taxpayers and developers’ financial capacities, and upon compliance with applicable Federal and State laws and regulations.

The goals of the Program are to:

  • Ensure the health, safety and general welfare of citizens and protect and enhance the water quality of watercourses and water bodies by reducing pollutants in stormwater discharges to the maximum extent practicable and by prohibiting non-stormwater discharges to the storm drain system.
  • Establish minimum criteria to control and minimize the quantitative and qualitative impacts of stormwater runoff from development within Brunswick County.
  • Encourage sustainable and low impact development through prudent site planning, including special consideration for preserving natural drainage ways, maximizing infiltration and slowing stormwater runoff from individual sites in route to streams and rivers by use of effective runoff management, non-structural best management practices and stormwater control measures.
  • Ensure County compliance with all applicable Federal and State regulations.

In order to meet these goals, the County will require a Stormwater Permit for the following:

  • All non-residentail new development.
  • Non-residential redevelopment that increases impervious surface on the site.
  • Residential development that disturbs greater than an acre.
  • Residential developments where the site will be graded, filled or excavated and thereby change the elevation of a location by more than four inches.
  • Residential development or any related disturbance within 30 feet of the banks of a natural stream or water body.

Learn more in the Brunswick County, North Carolina Storm Water Management Manual.