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Community Partners for Healthy Streams


Community Partners for Healthy Streams is a voluntary cooperative effort between Austell Public Works Stormwater Management and the local business community. The goal of the program is to promote business practices that help protect local rivers and streams. We hope you join with our office and other area businesses and institutions by participating in this program.

Assessment and action planning requires participants to assess their current practices and identify any specific actions needed to prevent pollution and improve water quality stewardship.

To participate in the program, complete the checklist in the back of each handbook. Send the checklists to the address listed in the handbook and our staff will work with you to become a community partner. In return for your effort, our office will publicly acknowledge your business through press releases, displays, and speaking engagements. We will also encourage consumers to look for the Community Partners logo at your business when they select services.

To discuss the details of this program further, contact our office at (770) 944-4325, option 4, or by e-mail to

Why Be Concerned?

Studies conducted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency show that as much as 70% of all water pollution is caused by stormwater runoff. After a rain or snow melt event, water flows over roofs, parking lots, lawns, streets, and sidewalks. As the runoff flows over land, it picks up and carries a variety of pollutants including sediment, pesticides, fertilizers, pet waste, debris, oils, and greases from the landscape.

It is then routed into a storm drain that flows directly into a local waterway. Many people believe stormwater is treated at a sewage treatment plant prior to discharge, but this is not the case.

The most effective way to protect waterways in the City of Austell is to prevent pollution before it ends up in stormwater. The cost of preventing pollution is generally one-tenth to one-hundredth the cost of cleaning it up, so it is the best practice for both the environment and the economy.

Click on the links below to view the handbooks describing specific practices businesses can employ to protect water quality:

(Series 1) Housekeeping Practices 

(Series 2) Maintaining Engineered Stormwater Controls 

(Series 3) Maintaining Equipment and Vehicles 

(Series 4) Maintaining Buildings and Pavement 

(Series 5) Maintaining Landscapes 

(Series 6) Site Design and Construction 

(Series 7) Managing Wastes 

(Series 8) Education 

(Series 9) Fats, Oils and Grease: Recycling, and Disposal 

(Series 10) Prescription Drug and Personal Care Product Disposal