The Town of Wendell is designated as a regulated public entity subject to the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) by the Environmental Management Commission of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources and has adopted a stormwater management program and received a permit to discharge stormwater under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).

Stormwater runoff is the water that flows off impervious surfaces or is not fully absorbed by natural surfaces during rain events. This water drains into catch basins, storm sewers and ditches, eventually ending up in lakes and rivers. Stormwater runoff can cause flooding and erosion. Stormwater runoff can pick up harmful chemicals and debris causing polluted bodies of water and destroying natural habitats.

10 Things You Can Do to Prevent Storm Water Pollution

There are six focus areas under the permit requirements:

  1. Public education and outreach on stormwater impacts
  2. Provide opportunities for residents to participate in activities related to reducing stormwater runoff and pollution
  3. Detect illicit discharges of stormwater
  4. Control construction site stormwater runoff
  5. Manage post-construction stormwater in developments and re-developments
  6. Stormwater pollution prevention and maintenance for municipal operations

As a part of our public education and outreach efforts, the Town of Wendell has joined the Clean Water Education Partnership.  For more information on CWEP, please visit   Anyone wishing to volunteer for a citizens stormwater group may sign up by contacting Wendell Town Hall at 919-365-4450.

While the Town of Wendell will continue to maintain the public-owned Stormwater system, there are also private and state owned structures throughout town. For all questions and concerns regarding the Stormwater program, please call Wendell Public Works at 919-365-4822, ext. 318 to speak with Joseph Collins, Stormwater Program Manager.  For statewide Stormwater information, please visit