Stormwater Management

The Stormwater Management is responsible for ensuring stormwater is safely conveyed through the City creeks, channels and storm drains while protecting life and property.

Construction

The TCEQ administers the statewide Construction General Permit (CGP). This permit requires that work site operators reduce pollutants discharged from their site to the maximum extent practicable. As the local MS4 operator, the City of Waco is able to inspect construction sites and ensure compliance under the CGP.

  • If your site will disturb less than 1 acre of soil:
    Submit an Erosion Control Plan to the City of Waco.
  • If your site will disturb more than 1 acre but less than 5 acres of soil:
    Prepare and implement a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3); post a site notice (obtained from TCEQ); and submit your site notice to the City of Waco.
  • If your site will disturb more than 5 acres of soil:
    Prepare and implement a SWP3; submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) to TCEQ; post a site notice (obtained from TCEQ); and submit a copy of your NOI to the City of Waco.
  • **If your site disturbs less than 1 acre of soil but is part of a Larger Common Plan of Development that cumulatively will disturb more than 1 acre of soil but less than 5 acres of soil:
    Prepare and implement a SWP3; post a site notice (obtained from TCEQ); and submit your site notice to the City of Waco.
  • **If your site disturbs less than 5 acres of soil but is part of a Larger Common Plan of Development that cumulatively will disturb more than 5 acres of soil:
    Prepare and implement a SWP3; submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) to TCEQ; post a site notice (obtained from TCEQ); and submit a copy of your NOI to the City of Waco.

Stormwater documents can be submitted in hard copy to the Inspection Services Department with your other building documents or online through MyGov or email.

Construction sites in the City of Waco may be subject to stormwater inspections at any point in the duration of the project. Such an inspection could include:

  • A review of your stormwater documentation: erosion control plan, SWP3, NOI, or site notice (as applicable)
  • An assessment of your site and BMPs: silt fences, construction entrances, concrete washouts, etc.

Have questions, comments, or concerns? Contact us by email or phone: (254) 750-8006 or (254) 750-1660

Creek Flooding

The primary focus of the Creek Flooding group is to reduce the impacts of flood along creeks, rivers and lakes on the lives and property of the residents of Waco. This is done through Capital Improvement Projects and enforcement of the City’s Flood Prevention and Protection Ordinance.

In 2021, participation with the Nation Flood Insurance Program and FEMA, the City began updating the 100-yr floodplains in the area. To see if your property has been impacted by updates that have been approved by FEMA, click on the Floodplain Viewer.  If you have a question, check out the Creek Flooding FAQs. If you would like to ask the Floodplain Administrator or other City staff a question, fill out the Floodplain Questionnaire or email floodplain@wacotx.gov.

Drainage Utility

The Drainage Utility was created by the Waco City Council in November of 2020 to manage the City’s drainage infrastructure, address water quality and environmental issues, manage floodplains.

The City of Waco’s drainage system is a valuable asset, worth more than $750 million.  It is also aging, portions of which are more than 100 years old.  The system requires on-going maintenance, repair and replacement.  Not to mention upgrades in areas of the City where localized flooding is a problem.  In the past, these needs competed for funding with other functions of the City funded by the General Fund (parks, police, roads, library, etc.).  Repairs were often delayed until they became emergencies, and emergency repairs are often more costly than planned repairs.  The Drainage Utility and associated Drainage Fee creates a dedicated fund to properly maintain this valuable asset with customers contributing based on the amount of runoff they generate.  This will help City staff better plan and fund the more than $100,000,000 in needs that have already been identified. 

In addition, The Clean Water Act requires cities to develop and implement a plan to reduce stormwater pollution.  To comply with this requirement, the City has a permit for the Municipal Separate Stormwater System (MS4) from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.  The Drainage Utility is charged with monitoring activities associated with this permit and ensuring compliance.

The Drainage Utility is also responsible to reviewing and permitting development and construction in the floodplain.

 

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