Storm Water Permitting: A Case Study in Cooperation

by Jon Amdur, Port of Oakland, Oakland, United States,
Dan Schoenholz, Port of Oakland, Oakland, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93


Amendments to the Clean Water Act established a framework for regulating industrial and municipal storm water discharges under the National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES). These regulations affect both the Port of Oakland and its tenants. The Port has been proactive in preparing a modified Municipal NPDES Storm Water Permit Program. Many of the Port's tenants are also required to obtain NPDES Storm Water Permits for industrial activities. The industries that are required to obtain permits include shipping, trucking and air transport. The Port has formed a work group with its tenants in order to reduce costs and assure uniform compliance with the regulations. The Port's NPDES program has been modeled after large, successful municipal and industrial group efforts. The Port has found that implementing the program has saved money, offered a useful service to its tenants, promoted a good working relationship with regulatory agencies, and reduced its liability as a landowner.

Subject Headings: Stormwater management | Case studies | Industries | Municipal water | Team building | Water discharge | Air transportation | Social factors | California | United States

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