The mission of the Storm Water Management Department is to implement, and enforce a storm water management program that is designed to reduce the discharge of pollutants to the county’s storm water system and the receiving waters of Pickens County and to minimize adverse impacts on human health and the environment in accordance with regulatory requirements.


  • Maintain and improve water quality and reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff from construction activities
  • Develop educational programs about the impacts of storm water discharges
  • Develop a program to detect and eliminate Illicit discharges
  • Implement and enforce the Pickens County Stormwater Ordinance
  • Comply with the State of South Carolina NPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Regulated Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s)

Stormwater - FAQs

Q: How will the Stormwater Program be funded?

A: Presently, the office is being funded out of the General Fund.

Q: Will the county clean out retention ponds, holding basins and/or storm drains?

A: If the property has been deeded to the County, they will maintain it. Otherwise, it is the responsibility of the builder, developer or Homeowners Association.

Q: What is the goal of the Stormwater Management Program?

A: To protect the quality of Pickens County's water ways by eliminating pollution from stormwater runoff to the maximum extent practical.

Q: How do I report a stormwater problem?

A: You can call the Stormwater Office at 864-898-5789 and someone will address your compliant.