Sacramento's Proactive Stormwater Permit Program

by Craig E. Crouch, Dep of Public Works, Sacramento, United States,
Donald M. Dodge, Dep of Public Works, Sacramento, United States,
Robert A. Witzgall, Dep of Public Works, Sacramento, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


In January 1990, with the encouragement and assistance of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board-Central Valley Region (Regional Board), the City and County of Sacramento, California began a joint effort to obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for stormwater discharges prior to promulgation of final regulations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This paper describes the impetus, objectives, and efforts of a proactive program to control stromwater quality in a rapidly-growing urban community of approximately one million people. Over the next few years, in response to the federal regulations, other communities can expect to initiate or expand programs to incorporate water quality considerations into land use planning and storm drainage design.

Subject Headings: Stormwater management | Permits | Quality control | Municipal water | Water quality | Water pollution | Water discharge | Soil pollution | California | United States

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