Watershed Protection

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The Watershed Protection Division includes the following major programs:

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Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control: delegated authority by NCDEQ to permit and inspect all land-disturbing activity in the County except for bona fide agriculture and silviculture. 

Stormwater Program: responsible for administration and enforcement of the Chatham County Stormwater Ordinance. Services include plan reviews and permit issuance for development applications and Illicit Discharge Reporting.

Watershed Protection: services include making or approving surface water classifications, review and approval of riparian buffer maps, interpreting the Watershed Protection Ordinance for uses, variances and appeals.

Floodplain: services generally include technical assistance to staff and citizen’s concerning all matters pertaining to the Special Flood Hazard Areas in Chatham County and the Flood Damage Protection Ordinance.

Who to call:

Watershed and general inquiries:  Rachael Thorn (919) 545-8343
Erosion Control: Jeff McDermott (919) 545-8268
Riparian Buffers: Drew Blake (919) 545-8394
Floodplain and Stormwater: Brian Burkhart (919) 542-5516 

Supervisor: Rachael Thorn, CPESC
Phone: 919-545-8343
Fax: 919-545-2698
Email: rachael.thorn@chathamnc.org