A bioretention area that reduces water pollution coming from the Raleigh Rose Garden.

Stormwater Smart Initiative

We're working smarter to provide you with better services

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We've launched an initiative called "Stormwater Smart". Our goal is to be the "smartest" stormwater program possible. We're focused on providing the most innovative, cost-effective, and equitable services to you and the entire community. You pay for these services through the stormwater utility fee

Are you interested in what we're doing? Look for information tagged with #StormwaterSmart on our Twitter account and Facebook account.

How We Work Smarter

Here's what we plan to do better! Services will do more to reduce impacts from flooding, erosion, and water pollution in Raleigh.

  1. Get diverse community input on projects and policies. We want to understand your needs and identify good, equitable solutions to stormwater issues. 
  2. Plan projects looking at the entire watershed instead of focusing on one project or area at a time. This will help us upgrade the stormwater system in your neighborhood in a holistic way
  3. Improve how we track flooding and handle impacts from hazardous flooding.
  4. Use green stormwater infrastructure on projects to help keep pollution out of waterways. 
  5. Require better design and stormwater controls on buildings. This will help keep sediment - a major cause of pollution - on sites and out of streams. It also will manage how stormwater flows from a property, which helps reduce flooding.
  6. Make sure we are reaching and engaging with you. This includes using trusted, established channels and working with community leaders/groups.

See specific Stormwater Smart Goals

Work We're Doing

A planted bioretention area at Raleigh Rose Garden that helps protect Beaverdam Creek from water pollution. 

A camera used to track road flooding in Raleigh. The camera helps us see when an area is flooding so we can put proper safety measures in place. 

Creek flooding over a greenway bridge on Rose Lane. We are studying this area along with Dacian Road and Glenbrook Drive to address flooding issues. 

A view of the USGS rain gauge installed at Fire Station 15 in Raleigh. The gauge will tell us how much rain is falling in this area. 



Wayne Miles, PE
Stormwater Program Manager


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Engineering Services
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