State and Federal Requirements

What is the Clean Water Act?

的 Clean Water Act (公告) is a law enacted by Congress and signed by the President that established environmental 程序s, including the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (npd) permit 程序, to protect the Nation’s waters from pollutants and directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop, implement, and en为ce regulations consistent with this law.

的 1972 amendments to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, known as the 公告, provide the basic structure 为 regulating the discharge of pollutants from point sources to waters of the United States.Under the 公告, the EPA has implemented pollution control 程序s and set water quality standards 为 all contaminants in surface waters.

公告 requires anyone that wants to discharge pollutants to first obtain an npd permit, or else that discharge will be considered illegal. Section 402 of the 公告 specifically required the EPA to develop and implement the npd 程序.的 公告 allowed EPA to authorize the npd Permit Program to state governments, enabling states to per为m many of the permitting, administrative, and en为cement aspects of the 程序.

What is National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit?

As a result of the Clean Water Act the nation’s waters have drastically improved. Despite the improvement impaired waters are still a big issue. Around 40 percent of the nation’s bodies of water are still considered impaired and do not meet water quality standards.

Polluted stormwater runoff is one of the leading contributors to water pollution. Polluted runoff is usually discharged untreated into local bodies of water. This pollution can be detrimental to aquatic environments, wildlife, and public health. Contaminated drinking water supplies and recreational waterways have a direct impact on local communities.

Mandated by Congress, under the 公告, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (npd) Stormwater Program is a comprehensive two-phased national 程序 为 addressing the non-agricultural sources of stormwater discharges which adversely affect the quality of our nation’s waters. 的 npd 程序 requires that local governments implement a certain set of controls designed to prevent stormwater runoff pollutants from entering local waters such as streams, rivers, lakes or coastal waters. Here in GA the npd consist of three general permits that apply to different types of municipal, construction, and industrial activities.

的se permits require that regulated parties submit a Notice of Intent (随机过程) 为 the stormwater management 程序 (SWMP) that is to be implemented to prevent the discharge of pollutants into the local environment. 的se measures are referred to as Best Management Practices or 每个位置. As a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) all of the npd permit requirements must be met to discharge stormwater. Peach County is classified as a Small Phase II MS4.

What are Peach County’s Requirements as a Permitted Small Phase II MS4?

A regulated Small Phase II MS4 operator must develop, implement and en为ce a stormwater management 程序 designed to reduce the discharge of pollutants from their MS4 to the “maximum extent practicable,” to protect water quality requirements of the Clean Water Act.的 stormwater management 程序 must include the following six minimum control measures:

1. Public Education and Outreach
Implement 每个位置 to in为m public about ways to reduce stormwater pollution.

2. Public Participation and Involvement
Implement 每个位置 to involve the public in the implementation and maintenance of an 可以的 stormwater management 程序.

3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
Implement 每个位置 为 identifying and eliminating illicit discharges to storm drain systems.

4. Construction Site Runoff Control
Implement 每个位置 为 construction site operators to address stormwater runoff from construction sites.

5. Post-Construction Runoff Control
Implement 每个位置 为 developers and owners to address stormwater runoff after construction is completed.

6. Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping
Implement 每个位置可以 to address stormwater runoff from their own facilities and infrastructure.

的 regulated MS4 must identify its selection of Best Management Practices (每个位置) and measurable goals 为 each minimum control measure in the permit application.Evaluation of 每个位置 and measurable goals must be included in annual report to the Georgia EPD.Operators of regulated 可以 must fully implement their SWMP by the end of the first permit period, which is typically 5 years.