What can I do if my neighbor's higher elevation is causing flooding onto my property?
Collier County Ordinance No. 2001-27 “Authorizes correction of problematic surface water run-off from single family residential lots caused by elevating the lot…….” If you experience this situation contact the Code Enforcement Department at (239) 252-2440 and site this ordinance number to initiate an investigation.
What do I need to do to install a pipe in the roadside swale or driveway in front of my property?
Sometimes this is allowed. Please call the Road Maintenance Right-of-Way section at (239) 252-8192 for information on how to obtain a ROW permit.
What is an NPDES MS4 Permit?
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) is a federal permit system developed as a result of the Clean Water Act of 1972 to protect the Nation’s water quality. An NPDES permit is required for some roadway drainage systems, called Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), that serve to prevent flooding by quickly removing excess stormwater from the developed areas. Because the MS4's drain directly to open bodies of water, it is important to prevent pollution from entering the system in the first place, and the NPDES permit requires the permitted agency to protect the stormwater through regulation and education. Collier County has an NPDES MS4 Phase II Stormwater permit.
What Pollutes Stormwater Runoff the Most?
The worst water pollution in Florida is not from the most toxic or obnoxious substances because most people know enough to be careful with them. The biggest water polluter is plant fertilizer, primarily because it is so common and widespread and people think of it as pretty harmless. But too much fertilizer in water causes algae to grow too quickly in water, which starts a chain reaction that is very destructive and is very difficult to remedy, but easy to prevent.
Who do I call to report dumping?
In most cases, please call Pollution Control & Prevention Department at (239) 252-2502 or report online.
Why can't I fill in the ditch using a pipe so I can expand my yard?
The ditch is more than likely part of a regulated surface water management system. Prior to any ditch filling activities a permit will be required. In most cases enclosing a ditch with a pipe will be prohibited per Collier County Ordinance No. 2003-58. Ditches and swales form a system of temporary stormwater holding areas. Most often a proposed ditch enclosure will result in a net loss of water storage volume, as the volume of the proposed pipe will be significantly less than the volume of the existing ditch. Loss of system volume can cause stormwater to back-up resulting in flooding of the surrounding area. Ditches and swales holding stormwater runoff provide several valuable functions. Upon collection, as water temporarily “sits” in the ditch, sunlight provides energy to the natural biological system present. Microscopic organisms begin the water purification process before gravity begins water’s slow movement downward into the soil. Once the downward movement (percolation) begins, stormwater runoff held in a ditch is further purified by traveling through soil layers as it makes its way back to the underground aquifer, one of natures finest water storage areas. This recharge of the aquifer ultimately supplies Collier County residents with drinking water.
Why do you dewater and what is it? Does it hurt features of my own property?
Dewatering is necessary to build certain things when the object being constructed must be worked on at an elevation that is below wherever the water table is at the time. In other words, these are items to construct underground and the water must be removed from the excavation they will be going into. Sometimes this can affect other water bodies such as water management ponds and lakes nearby (up to roughly a half mile) and cause the water level in them to lower. If there are irrigation pumps drawing water out of these ponds be sure to not let the pump go dry and draw only air. It will damage the pump / motor arrangement. It is best to have these systems properly permitted and designed and installed by firms that are qualified; this way they can be fitted with shut –off devices to prevent dry pumping.
Why is there standing water in my road side ditch?
The primary purpose of the ditch along the roadside is to collect and store stormwater runoff generated during a rainfall event when it flows from the impervious roadway surface. Once collected in the ditch the stormwater can dissipate naturally by evaporation and percolation. Many but not all of the roadside ditches are connected to larger stormwater receiving facilities designed to convey excess stormwater runoff to a downstream receiving area. This allows ditches full of stormwater to convey excess runoff away from the area, the secondary purpose of the road side ditch.