About Us

The Columbus MS4 and the Bartholomew County MS4 have committed to work together along with the SWCD, SWMD, Purdue Extension, Health Department, and the Surveyor's Office to promote efforts to reduce pollutants discharged into receiving waters.

MS4 is short for “Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System." An MS4 is a conveyance that is owned by a state, city, town, village, or other public entity that discharges to waters of the U.S., designed to collect/convey storm water, not a combined sewer and not part of a publicly owned treatment plant.

MS4s were put in place to help protect our rivers by making people aware of their watershed.


District Coordinator/Educator: Heather Shireman


Community Input


Contact the Bartholomew County Stormwater Hotline for any complaints or concerns regarding storm sewer systems.

Bartholomew County Stormwater Hotline
(812)378-1280 x3

Municipal Seperate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Program




INR040097 Annual Report 2022


Protect Our Waterways


MS4 - Stormwater

2014 PartC Revision (4483 downloads) Popular #

Public Service Announcment


Bartholomew County (440 Third Street, Suite 101, Columbus, IN 47201) intends to discharge stormwater into the Lick Creek-Driftwood River (051202040903), Big Slough (051202050603), Little Haw Creek-Haw Creek (051202050605), Catharine Creek-Driftwood River (051202040904), Town of Northcliff-Flatrock River (051202050606), Otter Creek-Clifty Creek (051202060107), Brush Creek (051202060202), Denios Creek-East Fork White River (051202060203), and Opossum Creek-East Fork White River (051202060205) Watersheds and is submitting a Notice of Intent to notify the Indiana Department of Environmental Management of the MS4’s intent to comply with the requirements of the MS4 General Permit to discharge stormwater run-off. Contact the MS4 Coordinator at 812-378-1280 Ex. 3 or for questions.