Municipal Separate Storm Water System Permit
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, a general permit program requiring large cities, industries, and large construction projects to control water pollutant levels affected by their activities.
The permit program is intended to reduce pollution from entering the storm sewer system and degrading the water quality in Blaine and the cities and waters downstream. Preventative methods include controlling erosion on construction sites, regular maintenance of storm sewer systems, using phosphorus-free fertilizers, and keeping grass clippings and leaves out of streets.
- Construction site management.
- Elimination of illicit discharges.
- Pollution prevention/good housekeeping.
- Post construction best management practices.
- Public education.
- Public participation.
As a result of a court challenge, the City of Blaine – and all other MS4s – had to reapply for coverage on June 1, 2006. The city has posted its application packet, which includes the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (PDF). Residents are encouraged to review the plan and submit comments to the city. The document contains an abundance of relevant information.