Watershed Protection

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The Watershed Protection Department includes the following major programs:


Erosion Control                                 
Riparian Buffers
Flood Damage Prevention

Click here for the updated 2017 Fee Schedule


Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Controldelegated 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.

buffer photo

(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.

Department Staff:

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

Erosion Control and Stormwater: Morgan DeWit, PE (919) 542-8268
Riparian Buffers: Drew Blake, CESSWI (919) 545-8394
Residential Development: Justin Hasenfus, CPESC (919) 545-8344