Managing stormwater is currently one of the most complex engineering, planning, and regulatory issues affecting local development. Stormwater can diminish water quality in lakes and streams by picking up pollutants from the ground and transporting them into nearby water bodies. A heavy rainfall can lead to surges of water downstream causing flooding, damage to infrastructure, and erosion problems. Managing stormwater through a combination of infrastructure and planning will improve both environmental quality and reduce flooding risks and costs.
Georgia Soil & Water Conservation Commission flood control dams play an important role in protecting communities from fast-rising stormwater flows.