Through Rain or Shine
Stormwater service manages and maintains the infrastructure that handles stormwater runoff and helps prevent localized flooding of roads and sidewalks. St. Pete’s storm drains are not connected to sanitary sewer systems or treatment plants, so rainwater flows directly from storm drains into creeks, lakes, Tampa Bay, and the Gulf of Mexico without treatment. Residents can take simple actions to decrease stormwater pollution, which is water pollution that is carried from yards and streets by rain runoff, into local waterways.
The City of St. Petersburg implements a tiered billing structure for stormwater rates for single-family properties to replace the flat fee that was previously charged to all single-family residential properties. This new tiered structure has classified single-family properties into tiers, based on the square footage of impervious surface area (surfaces that water runs off), so that a property’s fee more accurately reflects its impact to the stormwater system.
Increased rainfall in the summer months can cause nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizer to reach bodies of water and lead to environmental issues like algae blooms, fish kills, and water quality problems. To prevent this, the citywide fertilizer ban is in effect June 1 to September 30 each year.
Here’s what you can do to help maintain the health of our waterways and marine life:
- Refrain from using fertilizer June 1 - September 30, per Pinellas County’s fertilizer ordinance. More information about the ordinance can be found at pinellascounty.org/fertilizer.
- Treat your lawn with a slow-release fertilizer in the spring to keep your lawn happy all summer.
- Pick up any debris or vegetation near storm drains year-round to keep it from entering local waterways.
- Follow a no-mow zone 10 feet from any water body, helping to establish a protective barrier.
- Make sure your lawn maintenance/landscaper is certified for Green Industries Best Management Practices. Verify at gibmp-prod.ifas.ufl.edu/certified.
- Replace some or all of your lawn with Florida-friendly and/or native plants.
Stormwater Master Plan
The City of St. Petersburg Engineering and Capital Improvements Department is preparing the citywide Stormwater Master Plan for all 26 major watersheds within the St. Pete. The Plan will include a hydrologic and hydraulic (H&H) computer model to evaluate where flooding may occur in neighborhoods throughout the city.
By analysis of the computer model, the City can evaluate recommendations and alternatives for improvements to the stormwater system to mitigate the risk of flooding while enhancing resiliency and sustainability. The Stormwater Master Plan is part of a larger master plan to address St. Pete’s water infrastructure holistically.
District Floodplain Maps
PUBLIC Input & MEETINGS
The public was invited to attend public meetings to learn more about the Stormwater Master Plan and provide local input to identify other significant flooding problems that need to be addressed.
The public meetings were offered on four dates corresponding with sections of the city: central, north, south and west. The same information was presented at each meeting, in addition to information about projects specific to each section.
StPeteStat is an interactive tool that displays performance measures and Stormwater, Pavement and Traffic Operations Department data.
- Good Neighbor Guide: Power Leaf Blowing
- Good Neighbor Guide: Pool Maintenance
- Eco-Friendly Business Toolkit: Disposal Guide
- Best Management Practices for Landscaping Companies - coming soon
- Guide for Homeowners Preventing Runoff Pollution
Problem with a road, sidewalk, street sign, stormwater catch basin, street sweeping or related? The Stormwater, Pavement and Traffic Operations Department is here to help.
The City has a special line dedicated to resolving these issues and more. For the quickest response, call 727-893-7421. Operating hours are Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Alternatively, you can submit a ticket in SeeClickFix at stpete.org/Action.