Watershed Protection

About Us

The City of Villa Rica's Watershed Protection Division is required to manage the WPP (Watershed Protect Plan) and the SWMP (Stormwater Management Plan). The SWMP was implemented to address stormwater management within the jurisdiction of the City  of Villa Rica. It has been developed as required under the State of Georgia, Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Phase II MS4 (Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer System) General Permit GAG610000.


The objective of the WPP and the SWMP is to reduce the discharge of pollutants from the MS4 to waters of the State to the maximum extent practicable, in order to protect water quality and to satisfy the appropriate Federal and State water quality requirements. Specific measures the city manages and addresses includes:

  • Public education and outreach on stormwater impacts.
  • Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE program).
  • Drainage systems operation and maintenance including inspections.
  • Capital improvement program planning e.g. replacing aging stormwater infrastructure.
  • Annual reporting of the Stormwater Management Plan and Watershed Protection Plan.
  • Inspections of all city owned drainage control structures.
  • Long-Term Water Quality Monitoring and Biological Monitoring and Assessments.
  • Stormwater Maintenance Agreements in regards to detention facilities (post development).
  • Inspection of industrial facilities that are potential to pollute the waters of the State.

The goals of the City Stormwater Management Program include:

  • Complying with the State and Federal regulations.
  • Keeping streams healthy for human consumption and wildlife.
  • Replacing aging infrastructure.
  • Performing necessary routine maintenance of infrastructure.
  • Inspecting all city owned drainage infrastructures within the corporate limits of the city within five years.
  • Pollution prevention/good housekeeping for municipal operations.


Report a complaint or concern regarding stormwater or watershed protection issues