The Horry County Stormwater Department maintains drainage systems in Horry County. They also conduct mosquito spraying and issue stormwater permits.
To report a drainage or water quality problem, please call the hotline: 843-381-8000.
Wetlands help regulate the quantity of water moving through a watershed by
retaining water during wet periods and releasing it during dry periods. A
watershed may have a few large wetlands, many smaller ones, or any
combination that provides the necessary storage capacity. All wetlands,
small or large, are essential to the proper functioning of a watershed.
Your wetland, however small, is valuable both for its own intrinsic merits
and for its contributions to your watershed.
Perhaps the first and biggest benefit people get from volunteering is the
satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a
difference in their community and country. The intangible benefits
alone—such as pride, satisfaction, and accomplishment—are worthwhile
reasons to serve. In addition, when we share our time and talents we:
While it might be a challenge to coordinate everyone’s schedules,
volunteering as a family has many worthwhile benefits. Children watch
everything you do. By giving back to the community, you show them
firsthand how volunteering makes a difference and how good it feels to
help others and enact change. It’s also a valuable way for you to get to
know organizations in the community and find resources and activities for
your children and family. Here are a few to consider:
Development projects are designed with specific drainage patterns.
Homeowners should maintain and not interfere with any planned drainage
patterns. Many stormwater systems are privately owned, including all
stormwater ponds. HOAs should periodically inspect their stormwater
drainage systems, including ponds, pipes, swales, and ditches. Routine
inspections can reveal maintenance needs or minor problems before they
become major headaches.
Drainage easements are put in place to maintain drainage infrastructure,
some of which may be underground. Drainage easements may be public or
private and afford the easement holder the right to access the property
for only what is expressly enumerate in the easement. Drainage
easements typically dictate thing like the repair or maintain
drainage infrastructure. The landowner maintains ownership of the
property. The size of an easement is determined by the type of
infrastructure within the easement and the type of equipment or materials
that may be needed to fix a problem. Encroachments into an easement may
interfere with easement access and must be specifically permitted by the
easement holder. If a resident would like to do some work in an
easement assigned to the county or a "public easement" for example,
they would have to submit an encroachment permit to the county. This
permit includes things such as location of the site (w/ map), type of
material or structure to be put in the easement (w/ map), property owner,
contact information, and description of the work to be performed. The
encroachment must be signed by the owner of the property. NO second party
signatures will be accepted.
Click here for an Horry County encroachment permit form that may be used as a
template. It is encouraged for the HOA to use a similar form and the
residents use this form to provide you the most accurate information about
their project as possible so you may make the best decisions for your
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