The ultimate goal of stormwater management is to maintain the health of streams, lakes and aquatic life as well as provide opportunities for human uses of water by mitigating the effects of urban development. To achieve this goal stormwater management strives to maintain the natural hydrologic cycle, prevent an increased risk of flooding, prevent undesirable stream erosion, and protect water quality.

The federal Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and Endangered Species Act direct the City of Arlington to improve stormwater quality and protect watersheds, rivers, streams and drinking water resources. The Public Works and Transportation Department coordinates the citywide response to the federal and state stormwater permits that require the City to reduce stormwater pollution, and oversees other programs that respond to water quality requirements.

The City finances stormwater management services primarily through stormwater utility fees imposed on developed property. These fees enable the city to maintain its Stormwater Drainage system or MS4, fund Stormwater infrastructure improvements, develop educational outreach programs and ensure compliance with local, state and federal stormwater regulations.

The City spends a significant amount of time and resources on a variety of programs and public involvement initiatives that work with citizens, businesses, and property owners to increase public awareness of stormwater issues and promote private stormwater management efforts.

The 2019 Stormwater Program - Flooding and Erosion Update provides more detailed information about the Public Works and Transportation Department's Stormwater Management Program and the services we provide. 

If you have any questions concerning Stormwater Management please contact us at 817-459-6550.