The Utilities Department provides stormwater management services to maintain stormwater infrastructure, improve stormwater quality, and protect the community from flooding. Stormwater drainage lines are located throughout the entire city. Rain water flows off urban streets, parking lots, construction sites, and neighborhoods, where it is then channeled into the City's stormwater drainage system of pipes and ditches. Its final destination is our creeks, bays, estuaries, and oceans.
The City has two divisions in the Utility Department responsible for managing stormwater. Stormwater – Maintenance of Lines division maintains inlets, pipes, and drains to provide adequate levels of drainage and flood protection. The Stormwater – Pollution Prevention Team manages activities associated with the City’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) permit to minimize pollution from entering stormwater.
To report flooding issues or illegal discharge and dumping into the stormwater system please call the City’s Call Center at (361) 826- CITY (2489).
Learn more about what stormwater is, how it becomes polluted, and the division’s educational and outreach programs!
Volunteers have put the message “No Dumping – Drains to Waterways” onto hundreds of storm drain inlets to help reduce illegal discharges of pollutants into the storm drain system. Learn how to participate in this important program.
Learn about how construction sites can cause stormwater pollution and state and City requirements for construction sites that help reduce pollution entering our local creeks, bays, and estuaries.
Learn about sources of stormwater pollution including pet and yard waste, household hazardous waste, and improper use of fertilizers and pesticides, and how City Ordinances help prevent pollution from entering our stormwater and bays and estuaries.
In most areas, streets are considered part of the drainage system. Learn about what you can do if your street floods.
RICHARD E. MARTINEZ, DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS/STREET OPERATIONS
Richard E. Martinez joined the City of Corpus Christi Public Works Department on January 21, 2020 as the Director of Public Works / Street Operations. Mr. Martinez oversees Streets, Traffic and Stormwater. In this role he will be responsible for the maintenance, construction and operations of the city’s stormwater infrastructure, traffic signal systems, pavement markings, street signage, street maintenance and construction as well as the entire transportation and engineering planning sections.
Mr. Martinez comes to us from the City of Fort Worth where he served the Assistant Director of Transportation and Public Works responsible for the Streets and Stormwater Operations, Construction and Maintenance programs. He oversaw multiple divisions with more than 40 million in capital and maintenance funding. Mr. Martinez has also worked in the City of San Antonio Transportation and Capital Improvements Department and has held progressive management positions overseeing and directing multiple in-house crews and contractors related to Streets and Stormwater Operations and Maintenance programs.
Richard has been employed in municipal government for more than 29 years and has been involved in multiple major complex construction and maintenance related projects. He has received many honors for his accomplishments throughout his career and recently was named “Top Public Works Leader of the Year” for 2019 by the American Public Works Association’s Texas Chapter.
Mr. Martinez holds and Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.