The Watershed Protection Department includes the following major programs:
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.
Riparian Buffers: 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.
(Photo by Peter Theye)
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.
For questions regarding land clearing for timber operations, click here.
To report a roadway or culvert drainage issue, click here.
Watershed Protection Director: Rachael Thorn, CPESC
Erosion Control and Stormwater: Morgan DeWit, PE (919) 542-8268
Riparian Buffers: Drew Blake (919) 545-8394
Residential Development: Justin Hasenfus, CPESC (919) 545-8344