During the 2004-2005 fiscal year, the Piedmont Triad Regional Council (PTRC) received a 205J Grant from the NC Division of Water Quality to provide outreach and education to elected officials from NPDES Phase II cities and towns. This was achieved through the development and presentation of a PowerPoint slideshow entitled “Stormwater in a Changing Landscape.”
With the support of those elected officials, the Stormwater SMART program was solidified and began doing direct education to middle schoolers about stormwater pollution, water quality, and environmental stewardship.
Over a decade later, and Stormwater SMART works with citizens from all walks of life. From teachers and librarians, to Master Gardeners and Scouts, and everyone in between, Stormwater SMART members are provided with free Project WET, Aquatic WILD, and proprietary programming by its team of environmental educators. In addition, Stormwater SMART also offers a new Mass Media service in collaboration with the Clean Water Education Partnership (CWEP). A summary of all services provided by Stormwater SMART is available in our Annual Report.
Many members choose to collaborate with Stormwater SMART to assist with federal, state, or other local regulations such as the NPDES requirements, or Jordan Lake Rules.
Membership in Stormwater SMART is limited to PTRC member local governments within the PTRC twelve county region. The following cities and counties pay yearly dues and attend periodic board meetings:
Alamance County, Davidson County, Randolph County, Rockingham County, Archdale, Asheboro, Burlington, Elon, Forsyth County, Gibsonville, Graham, Green Level, Greensboro, Guilford County, Haw River, Jamestown, Kernersville, Lexington, Mebane, Oak Ridge, Randleman, Reidsville, Summerfield, Thomasville, Trinity, and Winston Salem.