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Sarasota County Water Atlas


Operators of MS4s that are regulated by the NPDES (including Sarasota County) are required to develop and implement a comprehensive Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) that must include pollution prevention measures, treatment or removal techniques, monitoring, use of legal authority, and other appropriate means to control the quality of stormwater discharged from the MS4. The Sarasota Stormwater Environmental Utility (SEU), established in 1989 by an interlocal agreement, is responsible for administering the Sarasota County NPDES permit and for managing its MS4.

Baffleboxes have chambers that can capture and store nutrient rich vegetation, floatable trash and sediments.

The SWMP outlines the goals, strategies and programs that have been established to improve water quality. It addresses existing and future conflicts between flooding, development, and preserves, and describes how valuable natural resources can be enhanced. Components of an SWMP typically include public education and outreach, public involvement, illicit discharge prevention, detection and elimination, construction and post-construction site runoff control, pollution prevention/good housekeeping for municipal operations, water quality monitoring and watershed assessment.

Underwater view of Filamentous Algae in stormwater conveyance.

As the agency within Sarasota Government responsible for the county NPDES permit, the Sarasota SEU is responsible for stormwater planning. It administers and updates the SWMP and creates individual Basin Master Plans as part of its planning process. These plans address flooding and pollution discharge concerns in each of the County's stormwater basins. Look in the Water Atlas digital library to find a map of the 28 Sarasota County stormwater basins, as well as the most recent Stormwater Basin Master Plans.