Stormwater Management

Our Mission

To protect the water quality of local streams and rivers, to preserve the safety and health of the Goldsboro community, and to promote sustainable development and growth.

Stormwater Definition

Stormwater, also spelled storm water, is water that originates during precipitation events and snow/ice melt. Stormwater can soak into the soil (infiltrate), be held on the surface and evaporate, or runoff and end up in nearby streams, rivers, or other water bodies (surface water).

In natural landscapes such as forests, the soil absorbs much of the stormwater and plants help hold stormwater close to where it falls. In developed environments, unmanaged stormwater can create two major issues: one related to the volume and timing of runoff water (flooding) and the other related to potential contaminants that the water is carrying (water pollution).

Stormwater is also an important resource as the world’s human population demand exceeds the availability of readily available water. Techniques of stormwater harvesting with point source water management and purification can potentially make urban environments self-sustaining in terms of water.

Stormwater Management Utility Information

On June 5, 2017 the City of Goldsboro City Council established a stormwater management utility to carry out the purposes, functions and responsibilities as described below. The governing body of the stormwater management utility is the City Council. The City Manager administers the stormwater management utility through the Public Works Department and/or other departments and divisions as the City Manager designates.

The stormwater management utility has the following powers and duties, subject to available revenues, which powers and duties are not necessarily exclusive to the stormwater management utility:

  • Stormwater management planning and preparation of comprehensive watershed master plans for stormwater management.
  • Regular inspections and maintenance of public stormwater management facilities, and measures for the construction thereof, as well as regular inspections of private stormwater management facilities.
  • Maintenance and improvement of stormwater management facilities that have been accepted by the city for purposes of stormwater management.
  • Plan review and inspection of sediment control and stormwater management plans, measures and practices.
  • Retrofitting designated watersheds to reduce existing flooding problems or to improve water quality.
  • Acquisition of interests in land, including easements, upon prior approval by City Council,
  • Design and construction of stormwater management facilities and measures, and acquisition of equipment.
  • Water quantity and water quality management, including monitoring activities.
  • Compliance with state and federal regulations for stormwater management, and submission of mandatory and non-mandatory reports related thereto, except for those regulations that require approval by City Council.
  • Any and all powers and duties delegated or granted to it as a local government implementing agency under the laws and regulations of the state and the ordinances of the city.

For more information concerning the Stormwater Management Utility contact the City of Goldsboro Public Works Department

The Clean Water Education Partnership Website

The Clean Water Education Partnership (CWEP) is a cooperative effort between local governments, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations to protect water quality in the Tar-Pamlico, Neuse, and Cape Fear River Basins. CWEP aims to protect North Carolina’s waterways from stormwater pollution through public education and outreach.

Erosion and Sediment Control Website

Mission: To allow development within our state while preventing pollution by sedimentation.

Phase II NPDES Program

The purpose of this program is to protect, maintain and enhance the public health, safety, environment and general welfare by establishing minimum requirements and procedures to control the adverse effects of increased post-development stormwater runoff and nonpoint- and point-source pollution associated with new development and redevelopment, as well as illicit discharges into our municipal stormwater system. It has been determined that proper management of construction-related and post-development stormwater runoff will minimize damage to public and private property and infrastructure; safeguard the public health, safety, and general welfare; and protect water and aquatic resources.

Neuse River Basin Nutrient Sensitive Waters Management Strategy

Nutrient Sensitive Waters (NSW) is a supplemental classification intended for waters needing additional nutrient management due to excessive growth of microscopic or macroscopic vegetation. For some waters classified as NSW in North Carolina, the department has developed special stormwater programs for the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River Basins.

Contact Numbers

  • Hotline/Helpline - 919-734-8674

  • Report Erosion and Sediment to the state - 1-866-786-7683

  • Report problems with the City’s stormwater system (Public Works) - 919-739-7415


This map shows all Rivers, Streams and Ditches within the Neuse River Basin as well as all the sub basins within the area of the City of Goldsboro.