A major component to improve our near shore water quality involves the treatment of our island’s storm water runoff. Currently, storm runoff carries various pollutants (oils, trash, fertilizer, etc.) into our storm drains where they are eventually released through 63 outfalls into our near shore waters with very little filtration taking place.

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As improvements are made at intersections throughout the city, our most effective means of pollutant reduction and water flow reduction is a well system. As water flows down the street it enters a pollution control device and then flows down a well, and then slowly makes its way filtering through rock to the ocean. Although wells are the preferred method, there are still piping systems that flow directly to the near shore waters. The result is a significant improvement in water quality and fewer beach closures.

Spot Repair of Collection System

Our efforts are intended to help improve storm water drainage, thereby lessening the effects of flooding due to rain. No storm water system can mitigate the effects of a hurricane storm surge. To improve storm water management, the City hired OMI in Fiscal Year 1995 to perform cleaning and spot repair of our collection system. The City and OMI won the Florida Water Environment Association, including 2012 Operational Performance Excellence Award for our work. If you are having problems with the storm drains in your neighborhood, please call OMI at 305-292-5100.

Stormwater Capital Plan

In addition, a stormwater capital plan has been developed to prevent flooding, divert storm water flow from outfalls, and reduce/eliminate discharge of pollutants and contamination of near shore waters. The plan provides for a more comprehensive management system and includes installation of five pump-assist injection wells, elimination and/or retrofit of 63 outfalls, installation of injection wells and retrofit of existing injection wells. Vertical french drains have already been designed and installed addressing small areas of standing water in an affordable, cost effective way.


For information on our Municipal Separate Storm water System (MS4) program contact Elizabeth Ignoffo at 305-809-3966.