Proposed Storm Water Management Programs: An Opportunity for Coastal Municipalities to Improve Water Quality

by James H. Collins, Avanti Corp, Vienna, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93


On November 16,1990, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a final regulation establishing National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit application requirements for storm water discharges. These regulations outlined, among other things, specific requirements for discharges from municipal separate storm sewer systems serving populations of 100,000 or more. The regulation identified 173 cities and 47 counties that met these demographic criteria. A significant number of the 220 jurisdictions required to apply for NPDES municipal storm water permits are located partially or wholly within the coastal zone. The Clean Water Act requires that NPDES permits for discharges from municipal separate storm sewer systems effectively prohibit non-storm water discharges pollutants to the maximum extent practicable. These controls include: structural and non-structural best management practices; source reduction techniques, system, design and engineering methods; and other provisions appropriate for the control of pollutants in storm water discharges.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Pollutants | Permits | Stormwater management | Sea water | Municipal water | Quality control | Water pollution

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