About Us

​Awards & Accomplishments

​We are honored to have received awards in recognition of our efforts.

Pam pointing to her hat that says turn around don't drown.

National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies Excellence in Communications and Stormwater Management Green Infrastructure Awards Program (2020)

The Water Environment Federation National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure “Overall Performance” Award (2020)

Kruti S. Desai: The City of Charlotte is honored to be recognized by the Water Environment Federation for improving and protecting our waterways. Being recognized as a high-performing program with the overall highest score for large municipalities is an honor and we're especially proud to be recognized as a leader in innovation and project management.

Mike Davis: So great cities require great infrastructure. The City of Charlotte is growing rapidly and so to support that growth, we both got to keep up with our existing infrastructure, but also make sure that the water we're sending back to our streams is as clean as it can be.

Kruti S. Desai: With more than 850,000 residents and about 2000 miles of streams, our stormwater program is critical to protecting the environment and sustaining the quality of life we enjoy in Charlotte.

We have the largest municipal stream and wetland mitigation bank in North Carolina. Starting in 2004, this bank has funded and restored over 17 miles of streams. The Reedy Creek stream restoration project was partially funded through this bank. Using a progressive design-build approach with a single contractor for design and construction, surface water quality and habitat were improved along 40,000 feet of stream. We're also using an innovative approach with stormwater control measures. For over 20 years, we've installed and monitored more than 40 of these pollution control devices to determine which work best locally. Those found to be effective may be installed by developers when required.

We are working to transform urbanized creeks into healthy stream ecosystems. At the Chantilly Ecological Sanctuary at Briar Creek, we partnered with Mecklenburg County to restore over 4500 feet of streams with features like curves to slow the flow of water, ripples to add oxygen for fish and rocks and logs to provide habitat. But that's not all. We installed a wet pond and constructed wetlands to remove pollutants and reduce flood risks. 

We have one of the most comprehensive local stream monitoring programs in the country. The data is used to find pollution sources, determine stream and aquatic health and monitor trends. The overall goal of collecting and analyzing so much data is to help make science-based decisions and determine where to focus limited resources.

In May of 2020, Charlotte City Council enhanced protections for waterways, passing revisions to the city's stormwater pollution control ordinance to prohibit the use of pavement sealants with high amounts of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are harmful to fish and aquatic life. Additional revisions increase the maximum daily fine for illegal pollutant discharges.

Our outreach and engagement efforts reach hundreds of thousands of people each year, you might find residents taking selfies with Stormy the turtle, stopping to read our scoop the poop flags, commenting on our social media posts about reporting pollution or listening to our messages on the six o'clock news. We're proud of our great work we're doing but the fact remains that many of our surface waters are impaired, so there's more work to be done.

Mike Davis: We also know that we can't do this alone, and we haven't done it alone. To be successful we must continue to work with other city departments, our county colleagues and our residents. By leveraging the resources of our local and regional partners we can achieve our goal of restoring our surface waters for our residents and for generations to come.

North Carolina Chapter of the American Public Works Association Natural Systems Project of the Year Award (2019)

Regional General Permit (2017)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and NC Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) issued a regional general permit (RGP) to Charlotte Storm Water Services - the first and, to date, only programmatic RGP issued to a municipal organization in the Carolinas.

The Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 Rain Catcher Award (2017)

National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Overall Highest Score Award (2015)

National Association of Flood & Stormwater Management Agencies First Place Award for Public Awareness of Flooding (2014)

National Association of County Information Officers Superior Award (2013)

Award for the "Build an A.R.K." (Awareness, Responsibility, Knowledge) flood safety campaign.

Cityworks Exemplary Award (2012)

Awarded to both City and County Storm Water Services in recognition of the Cityworks user who best demonstrates a positive contribution to the Cityworks user community.

National Association of Counties Achievement Award (2011)

Awarded for FINS Live along with Mecklenburg County GIS.

National Association of County Information Officers Superior Award and Meritorious Award (2010)

These awards recognized work in script-writing and video production of the "Fay: One Year After" video and for citizen education for the Four-Tier Storm Water rate structure public education campaign.

National Association of Flood & Storm Water Management Agencies Exceptional Merit Award (2009)

Awarded for Communication Excellence.

National Association of Flood & Storm Water Management Agencies First Place Award (2009)

Awarded for Public Awareness of Flooding and Flood Prevention Communication.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers  James Lee Witt Award (2009)

Awarded for excellence in local floodplain management, an "overall program which epitomizes the best in floodplain management."

Hydrologic Warning Council Operational Excellence Award (2009)

 Awarded jointly to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services and the US Geological Survey for the FINS system .

National Association of County Information Officers Meritorious Special Projects Award  (2008)

 Awarded for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services' Joint Agency Public Relations Plan.

American Advertising Federation (Charlotte Chapter) Silver ADDY Award (2008)

Awarded in the Public Service category for the Storm Water Services "Don't Dump Here" television media campaign.

American Meteorological Society Excellence in Science Reporting by a Broadcast Meteorologist (2007)

Awarded to Meteorologist Terri Bennett for the Water Wise partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services.

National Association of Flood & Storm Water Management Agencies First Place (2007)

 Awarded for Excellence in Water Quality Education Communication for Storm Water Services volunteer programs.

National Association of Flood & Storm Water Management Agencies  President's Award (2006)

 Awarded for excellence in communication.

Centralina Council of Governments (2006)

Awarded in Environmental Planning and Conservation for Hidden Valley Ecological Garden, stream restoration and wetland creation to improve water quality in Little Sugar Creek.

Council of Governments' Award (2006)

Awarded to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services staff.

Charlotte Tree Advisory Commission Government Project of the Year (2006)

Awarded for Little Sugar Creek-Westfield Road stream restoration, wetland creation and greenway expansion project.

International Erosion Control Association Environmental Achievement Award (2006)

Awarded for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Certified Site Inspector training program.

American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina Client Recognition Award (2006)

Awarded for the Little Sugar Creek-Westfield Road stream restoration, wetland creation and greenway expansion project.

Centralina Council of Governments Excellence in Environmental Planning and Conservation (2005)

Awarded in conjunction with Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation for the Little Sugar Creek-Westfield Road stream restoration, wetland creation and greenway expansion project.

The Communicator Award of Excellence (2004)

Awarded for "Keep It Clear" radio commercials.