The City of Destin is surrounded by water. Area  beaches, boating, fishing, and seafood are some of the best in the United States.  Destin averages 69 inches of rainfall each year, making storm water runoff a major concern. Where the water travels and what is in the water, once it reaches waterways, are important questions to ask.

Where Water Goes

After it rains, water runs off roadways, lawns, common areas and is directed into the soil by the use of swales. Swales are shallow, graded, landscaped indention that are typically located in the rights of way throughout the City of Destin. Swales can be located on both public and private property. Whenever work is performed in the right of way a Right of Way permit is required. If swales are involved, Public Services validates the sufficiency of the swale. Proper maintenance is also important as flooding can occur.  

What Contaminates the Water

When rain enters storm drains, it catches whatever is on the surface and carries it directly into our local bays and the Gulf of Mexico, At least 50% of the water quality problems in the United States result from storm water runoff. It is imperative to implement best management practices to better manage storm water runoff to protect the waters in which we fish, swim and play.

Here are examples of items 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 storm water 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 or neighborhood by checking your local water quality.