The 2014 NDWPCC Stormwater Workshop will be held
March 26th and 27th at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge in Dickinson.
EPA's Phase II Final Rule published in December, 1999,
included permit requirements for designated small municipalities and certain
facilities that maintain control of a separate storm sewer system. This is
the small MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) Permit and it covers storm
water discharges from these systems.
The objectives of the Phase II regulations are to: (1) Reduce the
discharge of pollutants to the "maximum extent practicable" (MEP); and (2)
Protect water quality.
from EPA's Storm Water Phase II Final Rule published in October, 1999......
"Common pollutants include oil and grease from roadways, pesticides from lawns,
sediment from construction sites, and carelessly discarded trash, such as
cigarette butts, paper wrappers, and plastic bottles. When deposited into nearby
waterways through MS4 discharges, these pollutants can impair the waterways,
thereby discouraging recreational use of the resource, contaminating drinking
water supplies, and interfering with the habitat for fish, other aquatic
organisms, and wildlife."
In order to meet these objectives, an MS4 must
implement a program by identifying approved best management practices (BMPs) for
the 6 control measures referenced in the permit. The MS4's program must also include measurable goals that will
be used to evaluate the progress towards meeting the completion of each BMP
selected to satisfy the minimum control measures.
There is no fee to obtain storm water discharge permits.