The primary function of the Drainage Maintenance Program is to ensure proper long-term operation and maintenance of the City’s stormwater infrastructure.
- Oversees long term maintenance of city-owned storm systems
- Monitors and oversees maintenance of privately owned storm systems
- Utilizes GPS technology and spatially accurate maps
- Maintains asset management system and utilizes mobile technology
- Stormwater Drainage Maintenance Plan
- Real Time Flood Detection ALERT System
- Flood Information Brochure
Contact: Tracey Pond
The primary function of the City’s stormwater program is to minimize pollutants transported by stormwater runoff into the storm sewer system and subsequent receiving waters.
- Provides public education regarding stormwater quality and pollution prevention
- Administers stormwater quality permits
- Monitors construction site erosion and sediment control and monitors construction site erosion and sediment control
- Assists with response to spills and illegal dumping into the storm sewer system
- Administers municipal stormwater program in accordance with the Colorado Discharge Permit System Stormwater regulations. A Program Description Document is available to the public for review and comment.
- Stormwater Permit Application Packet for land disturbing activity resulting in total disturbed area greater than 1/2 acre
- Stormwater Quality Permit Application Form (same application form as above without additional packet materials)
- Stormwater Small Site Permit Packet for land disturbing activity resulting in total disturbed area LESS than 1/2 acre but part of a larger common plan of development
- Active Site Inspection Form
- Periodic Inspection Form
- Stormwater Permit Renewal Form
- Stormwater Performance Security Partial Release Form Partial release of the performance security prior to final stabilization. Eligibility for partial release includes partial stabilization through the completion of buildings, paving and/or landscaping while final stabilization/revegetation is pending.
- Stormwater Performance Security Full Release Form Full release of the performance security once final stabilization is achieved. Eligibility for full release includes final stabilization through the completion of buildings, paving and/or landscaping. Seeded areas must achieve 70% of pre-disturbance density of desirable species.
Stormwater Permit Fees
- Stormwater Quality Permit – $350 for initial permit and SWMP review
- Stormwater Quality Permit renewal – $125 for annual renewal
- Stormwater Quality Permit reinspection fee – $40
- City of Golden Stormwater Standards Manual
- Project Sheet Constrained Site Standard
- Project Sheet Base Design Standards
- Checklist Regional WQCV Facility
- Checklist Regional WQCV Control Measure Standard
- Checklist Runoff Reduction Standard
- Checklist Constrained WQCV Standard
- Checklist Constrained Runoff Reduction Standard
- Checklist Constrained Pollutant Removal Standard
- Checklist WQCV Standard
- Checklist Pollutant Removal
- Clear Choices for Clean Water, Construction
- Urban Drainage and Flood Control District Guide for Beneficial Floodplain Projects – A guide for creating project value for development projects that preserve the natural and beneficial values of floodplains.
- Design Guidelines and Maintenance Manual for Green Roofs in the Semi-Arid and Arid West
Construction Stormwater Courses
Rocky Mountain Education Center at Red Rocks Community College courses:
- Stormwater Management and Erosion Control
- Developing & Implementing Stormwater Plans
- Stormwater Compliance Inspector
- Maintenance Practices for Permanent Stormwater BMP’s
- Construction Dewatering
- Best Management Practices for Construction in Waterway
Post-construction Stormwater Courses
Colorado Stormwater Center courses:
- Permanent Stormwater BMP Inspection and Maintenance
- Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development Workshop
- Landscape Contractors – Short Course on Stormwater BMP Maintenance
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Stormwater Program
The City is a designated Qualifying Local Program by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Water Quality Control Division. Construction sites disturbing less than five acres are automatically covered under the State’s Stormwater General Permit for Construction Activities with a City of Golden permit. Sites greater than five acres require a State Stormwater Construction Permit in addition to the City permit.
Spills and Illegal Dumping
It is illegal to discharge anything other than stormwater (rain and snowmelt) into the storm drainage system (streets, gutters, inlets, drainage ways). Some exceptions may apply. For a complete list see Municipal Code 13.30.140.
Call the Police Department at (303) 980-7300 to report illegal dumping activity.
Water Quality Awareness – Tips and Resources
- Information on water conservation and water quality in Colorado
- Clear Choices for Clean Water, Managing Household Waste
- Rooney Road Recycling Center, Household Chemical Disposal and Yard Waste Recycling
- Clear Choices for Clean Water, Lawn and Garden
- CSU Cooperative Extension Homeowner’s Guide to Protecting Water Quality and the Environment
- Colorado Water Protection Project — English or Spanish
- Water Quality in Clear Creek