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2021

Percent of catch basins proactively inspected

Status Indicators:
Proceeding as Planned
 Monitoring Progress
Reviewing for Improvement
Information Unavailable

Status Indicators: Proceeding as Planned |  Monitoring Progress | Reviewing for Improvement | Information Unavailable

Catch basins or storm drains protect our water quality as they collect trash, debris and pollutants, preventing these items from entering into the drainage system and waterways.

Catch basins also help minimize flooding as they serve as a runoff collection area for parking lots, roads, and lawns during rainstorms or tidal flooding.  If catch basins are clogged by trash, debris, sediment or other materials, the runoff water does not have anywhere to go and will develop into flooding.

To maintain proper catch basin functions, they need to be regularly inspected for early detection of potential structural and functional failures. This proactive effort of inspecting catch basins on a regular schedule helps prevent small problems from developing into large, costly, and time-consuming repairs.

The City operates the following catch basin inventory for the basins under the City’s jurisdiction:

  • 8,848 known catch basins
  • 2,674 catch basins of unknown ownership

The total number of identified and unidentified catch basins in the City is 11,522. Following National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) guidelines of twice annual inspections, the total number of inspections to be completed each year is 23,044 (11,522 x 2).

The City’s Stormwater Operations team is planning to initiate an effort to identify unknown assets and their owners over the next few years. It is anticipated that the number of City owned assets will increase, but also that some assets will be identified as belonging to Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Broward County or private ownership.

The City’s Information and Technology Department’s GIS team manages the stormwater catch basin inventory and updates in Stormviewer, an ARC GIS- Survey 123 application that can also generate downloadable (PDF) stormwater atlas sheets.  The City’s Stormwater Operations team physically visits each catch basin biannually for proactive inspections. The activity is recorded in ARC-GIS, Survey 123 to document the condition of each catch basin as: Visible, Operable, Needs Cleaning, or Needs Repair.  The GIS layers and data sets are then updated based on the information gathered during the inspections. 

The City’s scheduled stormwater maintenance program provides for all storm drains (100%) in the City to be inspected biannually in accordance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) guidelines, as set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The decrease in proactively inspected catch basins in 2021 is due to that stormwater operations resources were shifted to mitigate and reduce flooding in Melrose Park and Melrose Manor in the last quarter (July, August, September) of the Fiscal Year. 

City’s GIS database and Stormwater Atlas Maps. 

City of Fort Lauderdale
100 North Andrews Avenue | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
www.fortlauderdale.gov

Office of Management and Budget
Division of Structural Innovation
Contact: [email protected]

City of Fort Lauderdale
100 North Andrews Avenue | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
www.fortlauderdale.gov

Office of Management and Budget
Division of Structural Innovation
Contact: [email protected]