Stormwater Services

The stormwater services area covers:

  • Infrastructure needs and maintenance assessment
  • Problem mitigation planning
  • Regulatory reporting and compliance
  • Construction oversight and inspection
  • Public and classroom education and outreach
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Drainage Study Report

What is Stormwater?

Stormwater is water from precipitation that travels across the ground and pavement and flows directly into storm drains, creeks, ditches, lakes, rivers, etc. This water is not treated prior to entering our water bodies. It tends to pick up garbage, debris, sediment, chemicals, and other pollutants before it reaches our waterways.

The City is required by State and Federal agencies to have a permit for all water that discharges from the City's storm drain system into our creeks and streams. If you see illegal dumping into our City's storm drains, contact the Public Works Department immediately at (615) 859-2740.

A Guide to Traveling Tennessee's Watersheds brochure.

Goodlettsville's Watershed video.

Goodlettsville Watershed Protection Survey

Stormwater Problems

Stormwater causes water quality and quantity problems. Pollutants create stormwater of poor quality which harms our waterways. Too much stormwater is harmful. In an area with all natural ground cover, approximately 10% of stormwater becomes runoff. However, in a developed area, that percentage is much higher.  The remaining water is absorbed into the ground or evaporates. This increased runoff can cause flooding and erosion, destroy marine wildlife, and possibly cause property damage if not properly managed.

Stormwater Pollution Prevention
Stormwater Pollution Prevention (2) 

Stream Impairments

The EPA publishes a detailed report every other year outlining the impaired streams and the causes of the impairments.  As the City's stormwater program becomes more effective year-after-year, it is the City's goal to have these streams restored to their fullest extent possible and be removed from this list.

Nonpoint Source Pollution (NPS)

Nonpoint source pollution is water pollution that is difficult to trace to a specific discharge point and is hard to control. Examples include fertilizers, pesticides, dirt, oil, salt, metals, and litter. These items come from farms, yards, roofs, construction sites, vehicles, and streets.

Pervious and Impervious Surface Areas

An impervious surface area is any area that does not readily absorb water and one that impedes the natural infiltration of water into the soil. Examples are roofs, driveways, parking areas, sidewalks, streets, etc.

A pervious area is one that readily absorbs the water and does not impede the natural infiltration of water into the soil. Examples are the ground, a green roof, landscaped areas, gardens, etc.

Illicit Discharge

An illicit discharge is any substance discharged into the City's drainage system that poses a threat to water quality, public health, and/or safety. For more information, read the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Brochure.  Davidson and Sumner County residents have various options of hazardous waste disposal.  There are many hazards associated with illegal discharges and improper disposal of waste.

Annual Reporting

The City of Goodlettsville is required to submit a report to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation on an annual basis outlining the city's stormwater program, accomplishments made, and to advise where improvements continue to be made.  As the City's stormwater program evolves and improves, so does the quality of our local streams. We also are required to post our records every five years as a method of accountable improvements.  

The link below is a draft copy of the City's current annual report.  If there are any comments following review, click here to submit. 

Stormwater Ordinance

The stormwater ordinance was last revised October 2016.


The hotline number is (615) 859-2740.
This number is for the collection of information regarding water quality concerns.