Welcome to the Stormwater Gallery!

logo frameWe are proud to highlight organizations from the Athens area that have utilized Green Infrastructure on their property to help reduce and eliminate the harmful impact stormwater can have on our waterways.

Want to get inspired? Learn about the organizations that have earned a spot in our Gallery by browsing the Gallery archives. If you would like to nominate an organization please for going above and beyond please email us at stormwater@athensclarkecounty.com.

And remember, help us "STOP WATER POLLUTION'!

Fowler Drive Elementary School

400 Fowler Drive
Athens, GA 30601
Fowler Drive Elementary SchoolFowler Drive Elementary School reopened its doors in 2011 after the old school was reconstructed paying close attention to environmentally friendly building practices.

Green Features Include:

  • A stormwater capture system that collects runoff from the school's roof. The collected stormwater is used to flush 13 toilets in the school.
  • Two giant cisterns are used to capture stormwater onsite.
  • Learning and engagement are taking to a whole new level with a visible plumbing system so that students can monitor and measure how much rainwater they collect and use.
  • Four concrete pools to capture rainwater for gardening uses.
  • Rain gardens to filter stormwater runoff from the sidewalks.

Why does this matter?

These innovative stormwater features are used to teach students about environmental sustainability. Through math and science lessons, students can learn about ways to lessen human impacts on the environment.

Lakewood Hills Senior Village

1025 Barnett Shoals Road
Athens, GA 30605
Lakewood Hills Senior VillageLakewood Hills Senior Village opened its doors in early 2012 and incorporated beautiful stormwater features that cut down on stormwater runoff pollution.

Green Features Include:

  • Five biological retention ponds and swales to capture and clean stormwater runoff from the facility's roof and large parking lot.
  • Plants around the biological retention ponds and swales help to soak up stormwater.
  • Weir walls to help stormwater to soak into the ground by slowing down the flow of runoff.
  • A large underground cistern to store rainwater used for water plants.

Why does this matter?

By capturing the runoff in biological retention ponds and swales, contaminants from the roof and parking lot are filtered out as it sinks through engineered soil media. Lakewood Village's impact on nearby Carr Creek has been greatly reduced by these stormwater features!

125 Hobson Avenue Townhomes

125 Hobson Avenue
Athens, GA 30601
125 Hobson Avenue Townhomes125 Hobson Avenue Townhomes, finished in 2012, take an environmentally friendly approach to their parking spaces.

Green Features Include:

  • Pervious pavement installed in the rear parking area.
  • Pervious pavement allows stormwater to soak into the ground, filtering out pollutants and reducing the amount of runoff from the property.

Why does this matter?

Pervious pavement allows water to soak into the soil below thereby reducing the amount of runoff that flows into nearby North Oconee River!

Hill First Baptist Church

205 North Pope Street
Athens, GA 30601

Hill First BaptistHill First Baptist is a historic church established over 140 years ago just beyond Tanyard Creek in the Reese Street Historic District.

Green Features Include

  • 12 rain barrels capture water from the building's down spouts to be used in the Reese/Pope Community Garden.

Why does this matter?

The roof of Hill First Baptist is about 5,200 square feet. In a heavy storm (1 inch of rainfall) nearly 3200 gallons of rain water can be expected to roll off the roof. Instead about half is being captured in the rain barrels for the community garden. The partnership allows the garden a sustainable source of water while significantly reducing the church's potential impact on Tanyard Creek. This willingness of Hill First Baptist to go the extra mile is a great example of how sustainability can benefit the community.

  • 50% of roof runoff is stored to be reused in the garden.
  • By collecting the runoff it is no longer a potential cause of erosion, flooding, or pollution in Tanyard Creek.
  • The garden is able to conserve potable drinking water by using captured rainwater.
  • The community garden is provided with a source of water, otherwise unavailable.

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