Storm Water Services Receives Top Honors for Improving Surface Water Quality

Leo Caplanides
Stormy playing the guitar in downtown Charlotte.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services, with the help of its mascot, Stormy, works year-round to communicate the importance of protecting our surface waters. Now, its receiving national honors for the outstanding work. Recently, the National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA) recognized Storm Water Services as a winner in its Excellence in Communications and Green Infrastructure Awards. Storm Water Services won first place in the Improving Water Quality category for large municipalities for the “Stormy: Making Water Quality Good in Your Neighborhood” surface water quality campaign.

The campaign included digital web banners, social media, photography, and two engaging, yet informative 30 and 45-second videos featuring Stormy. In one video, a socially-distanced Stormy plays his guitar throughout Charlotte as a catchy melody explains to residents that only rain should go in a storm drain. In the second video, Stormy highlights the various volunteer efforts that are happening in our neighborhoods. These videos air year-round to engage and educate residents.

Storm Water Services is honored to be recognized and will continue its efforts to manage runoff, protect surface water quality and reduce the risk of flooding.

Make sure to check out Stormy in the Only Rainwater Jingle and Stormy's Neighborhood videos.


NAFSMA is an organization of public agencies whose function is the protection of lives, property and economic activity from the adverse impacts of storm and flood waters. The awards program was designed to not highlight and provide examples of successful initiatives addressing surface water quality and flood awareness throughout the nation.

About the Storm Water Services Public Education and Outreach Program

Through its Public Education and Outreach Program, Storm Water Services provides messages to educate the public about ways they can help protect surface water quality and get involved to reduce stormwater pollution. This messaging is vital to residents because of the increase in pollution sources in our rapidly growing area. With over 3,000 miles of creeks, Storm Water Services’ outreach efforts are critical to help protect surface water quality.

You can learn more about how Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services works to protect our waterways by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.