New stormwater regulations in place for Wilmington

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - New stormwater regulations are set to take place in Wilmington November 1.

The new ordinances bring the city's regulations in line with new state regulations.  They outline requirements for development, yard debris, pet waste, and the illegal discharge of polluting substances into the storm drainage system.

Highlights of the changes include:

  • Pet owners will be required to carry a clean-up device for pet waste, and clean up after their pet when on public property or they could face a fine of $250.
  • Anyone who causes yard waste or other debris to enter a storm drain, drainage ditch, or other part of the drainage system could face a fine of $250.  Currently, debris such as lawn clippings or pine straw is often blown into streets, storm drains, or ditches, which contributes to flooding when it rains.
  • Property owners need to keep drains on their property clear and free from obstructions so water can flow freely or they could face a fine of $250.
  • Anyone found responsible for causing a polluting substance to enter the drainage system could face fines of up to $10,000.
  • Developers in the city will no longer be required to obtain a stormwater permit from the state for new projects, but will need only a city permit.
  • There will be reduced requirements for redevelopment in priority areas to encourage redevelopment projects in those areas.

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