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My River Starts Here

My River Starts Here. Protect our stormdrains to protect our rivers.

Did You Know? | You Can Help Protect Our Rivers!
Reporting Tips

 

 

 

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

Watch the My River Starts Here public service announcementNo matter where you stand in the Midlands, you can say "My River Starts Here!"
 

That's because water that goes into stormdrains empties directly into nearby waterways - streams, creeks and rivers. It is NOT TREATED at the waste water treatment plant. Any pollution this water picks up or anything dumped down stormdrains may eventually make its way to our Three Rivers.
 

But we can all do our part! By protecting our stormdrains, we can all help protect our rivers.

 

 

 

You Can Help Protect Our Rivers!
You Can Help Protect Our Rivers!

The Three Rivers - the Broad, Saluda and Congaree - are a big part of what makes Columbia such a great place to work, live and play. You can help make sure we can enjoy the Three Rivers for years to come!

 

 

Lend A Hand!

Help us mark stormdrains!
 

Looking for a 2-3 hour service project for your group? Sign up to help mark City of Columbia stormdrains!

 

 

Get Involved!

Learn more about the My River Starts Here partnership and how to become a My River Starts Here Champion by supporting local watershed groups.

 

 

Report A Problem!

Report stormwater problems online or by calling (803) 545-3300.If you see something that could pollute our rivers, report it online or call (803) 545-3300.
 

Not sure what problems to report? See these handy Reporting Tips.

 

 

 

Reporting Tips
Reporting Tips

If you see any of the following in the City of Columbia, report it online or call (803) 545-3300.

 

 

Construction Problems & Sediment

Sediment in the water or flowing into a stormdrain.

Sediment in the water or flowing into a stormdrain.

 

 

Stormdrain Dumping

Signs of paint or chemicals being poured down a stormdrain or trash, pet waste or other items being dumped into or near stormdrains

Sings of paint or chemicals being poured down a stomdrain or trash. Pet waste or other items being dumped into or near stormdrains.

 

 

Odd Looking water

Soapy or odd colored water

Soapy or odd colored water

 

 

Spills & Leaks

Signs of a spill or leaking tanks, garbage bins or fat disposal bins

Signs of a spill or leaking tanks, garbage bins or fat disposal bins

 

 

Mysterious Pipes

Mysterious pipes that might be coming from nearby buildings. Sometimes they carry grey water, like from a sink, or blank water, like from a toilet. Either way, this water belongs in the sewer, not the stormdrain.

Mysterious pipes that might be coming from nearby buildings. Sometimes they carry grey water, like from a sink, or blank water, like from a toilet. Either way, this water belongs in the sewer, not the stormdrain.

 

 

 

Contact Us
Contact Us

Stormwater Request
(803) 545-3300
1136 Washington St.
Columbia, SC 29201

 

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