The mission of the JCDH Watershed Protection Division is to promote and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public by protecting and enhancing the water quality of the members of Storm Water Management Authority, Inc. The following members are served by the Program:
Adamsville Brighton Brookside
Center Point Clay Fairfield
Gardendale Homewood Hueytown
Irondale Leeds Lipscomb
Maytown Midfield Mulga
Mountain Brook Pinson Pleasant Grove
Tarrant Trussville Vestavia Hills
to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) requirements for storm water compliance. The program mainly focuses on six components:
Public Education - has been recognized as a pivotal foundation for improving water quality through providing citizens with information on pollution prevention and water quality benefits. JCDH has developed brochures and sources of information on how citizen's can prevent pollution at home, work, or school.
Public Participation - giving citizens the opportunities to get involved in their local Storm Water Program through local watershed committees, serving on environmental boards, or getting involved in volunteer water quality testing.
Water Quality Protection - protecting waterways through monitoring, inspecting of industrial sources, and formulating progressive strategies that stop pollution from reaching our streams.
Construction Site Erosion and Sedimentation Control - controlling of construction site runoff is a vital piece of the Storm Water Program because it limits sediment and other pollutants from reaching waterways and causing impairments. The preventative method currently taken by the members of the Storm Water Management Authority, Inc. is to use inspections and plan reviews to limit the likelihood of sediment and other pollutants leaving construction sites
Watershed Improvement - developing a comprehensive plan to improve impaired waterways and to protect other valuable water resources within the member cities.
Monitoring - sampling and trending of water quality data to show waterways past and present status. Ecosystem monitoring is also of valuable concerns in that it shows the health of the local aquatic community.