Stormwater Management

Stormwater RunoffThe proper management of the quantity and quality of stormwater runoff is crucial to protecting our community. When left unmanaged, the increased quantity of stormwater runoff resulting from development and urbanization can lead to flooding and property damage. The unmanaged quality of stormwater runoff resulting from development, pollutants, and other illicit discharges degrades the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of Canton's lakes, streams, and other water bodies. Therefore, to alleviate these problems, the City of Canton has taken steps to promote proper stormwater management

Drainage Complaints

Have a drainage complaint and you're not sure which department to contact? View the Drainage Complaint General Guidance (PDF) for assistance.

Stormwater Management Requirements

In 2009, Chapter 961: Stormwater Management (PDF) was adopted as part of the codified ordinances of the City of Canton to satisfy regulatory requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Program. In addition, the City of Canton Storm Water Management Manual (PDF) was adopted to supplement the ordinance by providing guidance for various aspects of stormwater management in the City of Canton that are not provided explicitly in the ordinance. These aspects are:

  • Applicability
  • Design criteria
  • Further standards
  • Recommendations
  • Requirements

Management Manual

The City of Canton Stormwater Management Manual should be used any time there are questions regarding City requirements for stormwater management related to development or within City right-of-way. In general, whenever there is proposed development in the City of Canton that requires the submission of a site plan to the City Zoning Inspector, the City Engineering Department will need to review and approve the plan for proper stormwater quantity management. 

If the proposed development will disturb one or more acres of land, the Stark Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will also need to review and approve the plan for proper stormwater quality management. The City of Canton Storm Water Management Manual describes all aspects of both stormwater quantity and stormwater quality management requirements as well as general stormwater drainage provisions.