Stormwater Management & NPDES


Destin is surrounded by water. Boating, beaches, fishing and fresh seafood here are some of the best in the United States. These things keep visitors coming back year after year and are a constant enjoyment to Destin’s residents. The city averages 69 inches of rain each year, making stormwater runoff a major issue in Destin. Where the water goes and what is in the water once it gets there are important questions to ask.

Where Water Goes

After a rain, water runs off the roads, lawns and common areas and is directed into the soil by the use of swales. A swale is the shallow, graded, landscaped indention that is typically located in the rights of way throughout the City of Destin on both public and private property. Any time work is done that involves the right of way and its swale, a Right of Way permit is required, whereby Public Services validates that the swale is sufficient. Flooding can occur without the proper maintenance of these swales.

What Contaminates the Water

When rain enters the storm drains, it picks up whatever is on the surface and carries it directly to our local bays and the Gulf of Mexico, untreated. At least 50% of the water quality problems in the U.S. result from stormwater runoff. It is imperative to implement best management practices to better manage stormwater runoff to protect the waters in which we fish, swim and play. Here are a few things that get flushed into our water:
  • Antifreeze
  • Car waxes
  • Cigarette butts
  • Degreasers
  • Detergents
  • Fertilizers
  • Motor oil
  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Pesticides
  • Pet waste

Extra Instructions & Suggestions

For more information visit our Code Enforcement page. Report stormwater pollution to the City of Destin, Okaloosa County Public Works or to the State of Florida. Finally, stay up to date on water quality in your area by checking your local water quality for your city or neighborhood.