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What does the Water Quality Program do?

We manage Chattanooga's stormwater, natural water bodies, & green infrastructure

  • Stormwater runoff is rain water that is not absorbed into the ground because it falls on hard, impervious surfaces like roofs, roads, & parking lots.

  • When water runs off these surfaces, it can pick up pollutants that go directly, untreated into our water bodies.

  • We work to improve the quality and quantity of stormwater & it's impact on our ecosystems.


What don't we do 

We do not manage sanitary sewer or drinking water


Contact us




  • 423.643.5877



  • 1250 Market St. Suite 2100  Chattanooga, TN 37402



Stormwater Regulations Board 


The Stormwater Regulations Board (SRB) reserves the possibility to meet the 3rd Monday of each month.Meetings are held at 3:00 p.m. in Conference Room 1-A of the Development Resource Center at 1250 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402. The Board is required to meet at least quarterly. Other meetings are scheduled according to whether there is an Agenda. Please contact the Water Quality Program at 423-643-5877 to confirm SRB meetings.


Next SRB Meeting Monday Nov 15th 3:00 pm

Minutes - coming soon



Stormwater Control Measures (SCM) Inspection & Maintenance


All SCMs (e.g., detention ponds, oil skimmers, bioretention ponds, pervious pavement, etc.) shall be inspected at least quarterly.

The collection of these quarterly reports shall be submitted annually to the City Water Quality Program. Directions for annual submission and a copy of the Inspection and Maintenance Form are provided here: Inspection & Maintenance Form.


The below link for Qualified Vendors is a list of companies who perform SCM inspection and/or maintenance.

The Water Quality Program periodically holds workshops to train individuals on the requirements of SCM inspections and reporting. This list contains companies with varying abilities and degrees of expertise. It is recommended that a property owner obtain at least three bids prior to contracting with a company. The City does not recommend or endorse one company over another. If the company you're currently using or desire to use is not on the list, you may have that company contact the Water Quality Program ( to obtain information about or RSVP for the next scheduled workshop.



*NEW* Beginning January 2021, all inspection forms shall be signed by a certified individual. The City shall consider an individual as certified if they have attended both the City's Qualified Vendor Workshop and the State's SCM Inspection & Maintenance course (or equivalent State certification) and are in good standing with both agencies.

The City's next Qualified Inspection & Maintenance Workshop will be held on Friday morning November 15th 2019 at the Development Resource Center (1250 Market St) in Room 1-A. Please RSVP to


Links for sanitary sewer and drinking water utilities:


For sanitary sewer information:


For drinking water information contact your local water utility:




Serve people with integrity and improve the infrastructure and environment through excellence.

Justin Holland, Administrator
1250 Market Street
Chattanooga TN 37402 (map)
(423) 643-6311  


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