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1404 Goodale Boulevard, Suite 100
Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: (614) 486-9613
Fax: (614) 486-9614

Water Quality Partner Program


In 2014, the Water Quality Partnership was launched to help small businesses avoid stormwater pollution complaints and municipalities reach the targeted outreach goals in their SWMP. The Water Quality Partner program is a stormwater-specific pledge program that is designed to share information on best practices with businesses too small to have compliance professionals on staff. Businesses in the Water Quality Partner program sign a voluntary pledge in which they have chosen among stormwater pollution prevention BMPs. The business then receives a Certificate of Partnership, window cling, public recognition and access to information and continuing education on stormwater issues.

The majority of stormwater violations are through a lack of understanding, rather than criminal intent. Of course, the big cases in the news involve purposeful illegal behavior. What’s much more common, though, is someone is hired to power-wash a grease filter from a restaurant hood and allows the wash water to enter the storm sewer. Leaking dumpsters, barrels stored outside without secondary containment, cleaning outside spills by hosing them down, dumping mop buckets in alleys—these are the small, everyday behaviors we’re working to eliminate. Click here to read more about pollution prevention practices for businesses.

Initial responses from businesses has been very positive. In fact, a business in Canal Winchester sent a request along with their pledge—they asked for additional brochures on stormwater pollution prevention for both businesses and homeowners, so they could distribute them to their staff and customers. Of course, we were happy to comply!


Thank you to our partner communities!

*Businesses located in the City of Columbus can pledge to protect water quality by becoming a Greenspot!
If you would like to add the Water Quality Partner program to your working agreement, contact Jennifer Fish at or (614) 486-9613.