EPA’s Municipal Stormwater Program Requirements

Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) are regulated under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). This EPA web page provides overview information on what municipalities with separate storm sewers are required to do to comply with their permit conditions.

(Click image to go to EPA’s website)
EPA_Stormwater_Rules_Web_page

Municiplalities with separate storm water sewer systems are required to: 

  • Apply for NPDES permit coverage
  • Develop a stormwater management program which includes the six minimum control measures
  • Implement the stormwater management program using appropriate stormwater management controls, or best management practices (BMPs)
  • Develop measurable goals for the program
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the program.

EPA’s Stormwater Phase II Rules establish  6 minimum control measures  (MCM) that municipalities must include in their into their stormwater management program: 

(Click link to see EPA Fact Sheet on MCM)

EPA and California have identified a number of potential pollutants “.. likely associated with specific municipal facilities”, including trash.  EPA’s list identifies 17 municipal programs that are likely associated with “trash” pollution.

This EPA document provides guidance on evaluating the effectiveness of municipal stormwater programs.

Solving the TTF Creek trash problem will require enhanced  municipal litter control, prevention of illegal dumping and MS4 Stormwater Rule compliance .

I’ll review EPA’s MS4 program requirements in the next few posts. 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s