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Stormwater Management

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Germantown’s Stormwater Management program guides planning and funding for addressing current and future requirements for managing stormwater runoff, flooding problems and natural resources.

The City’s current stormwater program consists of separate programs. Examples include capital improvement projects for stormwater and flood control, maintenance of public stormwater systems, flood control programs to reduce flood impacts and associated flood damage along Wolf River and Nonconnah Creek , flood management programs to control development in floodplains, resource monitoring of streams to assess and respond to water quality problems, private stormwater facility inspection and public involvement and education.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation regulate stormwater management.

Private Property Drainage
Quite often drainage issues arise in which no City drainage structures or easements are involved. As subdivisions mature, it is important to keep in mind that drainage patterns change. Property owners have the responsibility of allowing stormwater runoff to enter and exit his or her property without impacting property upstream or downstream. 

Quite often drainage issues arise in which there are no City drainage structures or easements involved. As subdivision mature, it is important to keep in mind that, drainage patterns change. Over time, fences, swimming pools, flowerbeds and sheds are built. Trees. bushes and other vegetation get larger and larger as they mature. Without proper homeowner planning and maintenance, all of the above mentioned items can adversely effect stormwater runoff, not only the subjects property but the adjacent properties as well.

The City maintains any drainage line/structure that is in a public easement or within a right-of-way. All easements are shown on a recorded Plat.

Typical examples include:
1. Sinkholes over a drain pipe
2. Erosion around a pipe headwall or inlet
3. Water backed up from an inlet

When these problems arise, contact the Engineering Department at 901-757-7281 or Public Works at 901-751-7685. The City is not responsible to drainage problems caused by private property owners. Some examples are construction of landscaping, sodding, fences, pools, etc.

More Information on Stormwater
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Germantown Stormwater Ordinance
Sources of Groundwater Contamination
EPA Overview of Stormwater Pollution
Ten things you can do to prevent Stormwater pollution

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
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FEMA Flood Map Service Center
FEMA FIRM  Panel 0456G (Flood Insurance Rate Map)
FEMA FIRM Panel 0457G
FEMA FIRM Panel 0458G
FEMA FIRM Panel 0459G
FEMA FIRM Panel 0470F
FEMA FIRM Panel 0480G
FEMA FIRM Panel 0490G

For more information about the City's Stormwater Program, contact Tim Bierdz at or (901) 757-7286.

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