Storm Sewer & Drainage


The City of Tybee Island received coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES) Phase I Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit (GA0002122) on April 12, 2017, as required by provisions of the Georgia Water Quality Control Act and Federal Clean Water Act. The permit requires the development of a Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP), to address specific program elements, this page was created to help educate and inform the public of Best Management Practices (BMP's). Through-out this page you will find information pertaining to the proper disposal of hazardous household materials, information pertaining to Highly Visible Pollutant Sources, and copies of important documents.

Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP)

Each time the City of Tybee Island is issued a NPDES permit, the City must update it's SWMP to comply with the conditions set forth in the permit. You will find a link to the updated SWMP below. Once the City submits the updated plan to the GA EPD, the city must provide a way for the general public to submit comments. 

Submit a Comment

2017 Updated Stormwater Management Plan

Annual Reporting

Each year the City is required to submit an annual report to the GA EPD. This report should be a comprehensive summary of the SWMP activities conducted during the reporting period. Once the report is submitted it shall then be available to the public to review. The submitted annual report for the reporting period of April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, is below:

2016-2017 Annual Report

Part 1 Documents          Part 2 Documents

Part 3 Documents          Part 4 Documents

Part 5 Documents          Part 6 Documents

Part 7 Documents

Citizen Concern and/or Complaint

The City of Tybee Island has established procedures for encouraging and addressing citizen complaints about water quality. City Hall and Public Works are responsible for receiving citizen complaint calls, and Public Works is responsible for taking action to address calls. Actions taken by Public Works may include visual inspections, field screening, line televising, and dye testing, or contacting another agency to investigate. The Tybee Island Police Department manages complaint calls after hours and directs the complaint to an on-call operator. Responses to citizen complaints are normally initiated within one business day. Written response is normally achieved within 3 business days. Any required action for repair or maintenance is dependent on the character of the discovery and determination of field conditions. 

Submit a Concern and/or Complaint

Hazardous Household Wastes

Did you know the average U.S. household accumulates 20 pounds of Hazardous Household Waste per year. As much as 100 pounds can accumulate in the home, often remaining there until the residents move or do an extensive clean-out. Common Household Hazardous Wastes are; drain openers, oven cleaners, automotive oil and fuel additives, paint thinners, paint strippers, etc. The Chatham County Resource Conservation Education Center offers tips on where to take hard-to-recycle materials.

Household Hazardous Waste Brochure

Chatham County Resource Conservation Education Center

Highly Visible Pollutant Source (H.V.P.S)

HVPS's are simply sources of potential stormwater runoff and water quality problems that are easily seen on the outside of a commercial business or industrial location. The City of Tybee Island considers the following type of businesses to be a HVPS; Restaurants, Auto Repair/Maintenance Facilities, Gas Stations, and Vet Offices/Kennels. Below you will find documents relating to Best Management Practices for these businesses.

Auto Repair/Maintenance Best Management Practices

Gas Station Best Management Practices

Restaurant and Food Service Best Management Practices


*This information is not intended to replace an owner, contractor, developer or anyone else from securing independent engineering professional advice on storm water management issues. In many or most situations, any project will likely require the involvement of a professional to design and prepare a storm water management plan that will comply with all applicable laws, ordinances, policies and regulations.