Stormwater Steward Award

Each year, the Athens-Clarke County Stormwater Management Program presents the Stormwater Steward Award to an organization, business, individual, or community group that has gone above and beyond to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff on our waters through a specific project, practice, or event. A list of past stormwater steward winners can be found here.

If you are interested in nominating someone for the award, or if you would like to nominate your own project, please fill out the online application or submit a paper application  to the Stormwater Management Program at stormwater@accgov.com.


Congratulations to the 2018 Stormwater Steward Design Award Winner: New Urban Forestry


The Athens-Clarke County Stormwater Management Program recognizes New Urban Forestry for their design and installation of a stormwater project at a residential property off of Homestead Drive. This residence was experiencing significant erosion and property damage due to its flat roof, water coming from the driveway/sidewalks, and a lack of natural landscape features. Hall Roberts, landscape manager at New Urban Forestry, designed multiple measures to re-direct the property’s stormwater runoff, impede flow, and create a sustainable landscape using natural features. Those features include a permeable pathway, perforated drainage pipes, a dry creek bed made of stone, and a rain garden that collects and filters runoff from the property. We are so lucky to have landscaping businesses like New Urban Forestry working in our town that are mindful of stormwater impacts and work to combat the effects of impervious surfaces.
Dry creek bed that leads to a rain garden
Rain garden

Congratulations to the 2018 Stormwater Steward Business Award Winners: Athens' Walmart Neighborhood Market and DGC Environmental Services, Inc.


The Athens-Clarke County Stormwater Management Program recognizes the Athens’ Walmart Neighborhood Market off of Atlanta Highway and DGC Environmental Services, Inc. This Walmart has many stormwater features around the property, including large detention facilities and over ten bio-retention areas. DGC Environmental Services is responsible for the maintenance of these ponds, and they have done exceptional work to keep the ponds operating well and looking great. Both Walmart and DGC have gone above and beyond in their stormwater management, and are an outstanding example of urban environmental stewardship. We are proud to have both of these businesses working in Athens and furthering ACC Stormwater’s mission of protecting our water from street to stream.

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