The Fairfield-Suisun Urban Runoff Management Program: The Approach of Small Communities to NPDES Permitting

by Jill C. Bicknell,
Michael J. Barnes,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Management in the '90s: A Time for Innovation


The Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District is responsible for NPDES permit acquisition and maintenance of the storm drainage facilities of the Cities of Fairfield and Suisun City, California. The combined population of the two cities is only 100,000; however, because the drainage system discharges to sensitive receiving waters in San Francisco Bay, the local Regional Water Quality Control Board has required the District to prepare a comprehensive storm water management program. The District and its consultants developed a unique approach which minimizes District costs and meets Regional Board deadlines. The approach consists of the following key elements: Begin developing a storm water management plan early; Draw upon existing resources developed by other agencies; Delay intensive storm water monitoring and field screening until specific needs have been better defined; Identify and build on existing District pollution control programs; Make maximum use of district staff and laboratory facilities; Interface with the District's GIS for efficient data management.

Subject Headings: Stormwater management | Water pollution | Water management | Urban areas | Urban and regional development | Storm sewers | Water resources | California | United States

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