What we do

The city’s stormwater program is a requirement established by the federal government’s Clean Water Act (CWA), which is dedicated to implementing broad-based watershed strategies to reduce water pollution.  The federal government requires the City of Asheville, and all similarly-sized U.S. cities, to create and maintain stormwater programs in an effort to restore and maintain the integrity of our nation’s waters by sharply reducing water pollution.

Other primary initiatives:

  • Reduce stormwater infrastructure failures which may cause property damage and loss of life
  • Reduce flooding on streets and private property
  • Reduce environmental degradation due to sedimentation, erosion and illicit discharge

 

Part of the Stormwater division’s mission is public education and outreach. To learn more or to request someone to speak to your group or organization call the Stormwater Quality Specialist at 828-259-5401 or click here for more information.

Related Services

Apply for a Stormwater Permit

The Traffic Engineering and Stormwater Services Divisions are responsible for administering the Environmental and Engineering Permits of the development process within the city limits. Do you need to apply for a Stormwater permit? Call the Permits Application Center at 828-259-5846 or Check the Permits and Applications Home Page.

Stormwater Services and Utility News

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City of Asheville maintains flood insurance discounts for property owners

  Asheville residents who live or own property in flood zones have access to a federally subsidized flood insurance program through the City’s participation in a FEMA Community Rating System.   The Community Rating System (CRS) program, a part of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), provides discounts off of flood insurance premiums to communities [...]

Street show of Asheville's Riverside Drive
Riverside Drive, some parks re-open, following flooding

  Following 5 inches of relentless rain Friday, more than a dozen Asheville streets were closed over the weekend, including several in Biltmore Village. On a holiday weekend, Asheville Public Works, Parks and Fire Department crews rolled up their sleeves and went to work, rescuing stranded motorists, barricading roads and cleaning roads once waters receded, following flooding [...]

post flood road cleaning continues in Biltmore Village
Sunday: More roads re-open, some remain closed, following flood

  Asheville Public Works crews remain out on our streets, monitoring river overflow levels and road closures. Here is where things stand on this Easter Sunday.   Roads that remain closed Inglewood Road at Elk Mountain Scenic Highway Riverside Drive at the railroad trestle Old Toll Road on Town Mountain Blue Brier Road, also on Town Mountain It should be noted that a section of [...]