Stormwater

South Florida's annual rainy season typically lasts from June through October. During the rainy season South Floridians may experience flood conditions after large amounts of rain fall over a short period of time, during a tropical system or a hurricane.

In an effort to control stormwater, the City of Hollywood maintains a storm and surface water management system. The system provides for the collection, storage, treatment, and transport of stormwater and includes:
  • Channels
  • Ditches
  • Drainage easements
  • Infiltration facilities
  • Manholes
  • Natural waterways
  • Piping systems
  • Retention and detention basins
  • Swales
  • Various inlets

To help you prepare for storms, click on the Rainy Season Readiness button for more information from the South Florida Water Management District. Click on the Managing Stormwater button to watch an informational video from the City of Hollywood.

Rainy Season Readiness


Stormwater FS

Helping to Protect Florida's Water Quality


It is illegal to dump anything down a storm drain. The State of Florida regulation states only rain is allowed in Florida's stormwater systems. To report suspected illegal dumping, please call the Regulatory Compliance Division at 954.921.3414. For weekend, afterhours or holidays please call 954-764-HELP (4357).

Residents are also encouraged to protect the water quality in our lakes, streams, canals, the Intracoastal, and the ocean by:

1. Minimizing the use of fertilizer, herbicides, and pesticides. This helps to prevent algae blooms, fish kills, loss of native species, and other water quality problems.

2. Preventing oil, grease, and other toxic chemicals from entering the storm systems by properly maintaining cars, boats, lawnmowers, and other mechanical equipment.

3. Mulching or bagging lawn clippings, leaves, and other organic debris so as to not clog storm drains or bodies of water.

4. Picking up pet waste. Pet waste carries bacteria that is harmful to the storm system.

5. Not feeding birds and wildlife bread or other human food, especially near the beach or other large body of water. Feeding birds is not only harmful to their health, but it also causes unnatural flocking behavior that leads to an increase in bird droppings and bacteria input. Excessive bird droppings have been directly linked to beach advisories.