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The City of College Station is committed to keeping our creeks, streams and rivers clean from polluted storm water runoff. The Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) was put in place to ensure that commitment.

Background

The Stormwater Management Program is a product of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The CWA is a law enacted by Congress and signed by the President that establishes environmental programs to protect the Nation's water and directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue rules on how to implement this law.

One such program is the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. The NPDES program is defined by two phases:

Phase I, promulgated in 1990  under the Clean Water Act, relied on the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit coverage to address stormwater runoff from medium and large municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), serving populations of 100,000 and greater.

Phase II, promulgated December 8, 1999 to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), was the next step in the EPA's efforts to preserve, protect, and improve the nation's water resources from polluted storm water runoff. TCEQ issued the Texas Pollution Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) General Permit TXR040000 on August 13, 2007, and renewed the permit on December 13, 2013.

The General Permit requires small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) operators in urbanized  areas, including the City of College Station, to implement programs and practices to control polluted stormwater runoff. This program requires that the City of College Station:

  1. Reduce the discharge of pollutants to the maximum extent practicable (MEP);
  2. Protects water quality;
  3. Satisfies the appropriate water quality requirements of the Clean Water Act; and
  4. Manages stormwater quality activities through the SWMP.

City of College Station Stormwater Management Program

The City of College Station has developed the SWMP in accordance with the requirements of the TPDES General Permit TXR040000 for obtaining authorization for stormwater discharges and certain non-stormwater discharges. The SWMP has been developed to facilitate the City's efforts in reducing stormwater pollutants from the City's MS4 to the maximum extent practicable as required by the TPDES General Permit. The City of College Station is required to develop a SWMP that describes specific actions that will be taken over a five-year period to reduce pollutants and protect the City's stormwater quality to the maximum extent practicable. The specific activities to be implemented are best management practices (BMPs). The SWMP must also set measurable goals and provide a schedule for the implementation of the BMPs. Various BMPs must be developed for each of the five minimum control measures (MCMs) that are required by the Phase II Rules.

  1. Public Education, Outreach, and Involvement;
  2. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination;
  3. Construction Site Runoff Control;
  4. Post-Construction Runoff Control; and
  5. Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping.

The City of College Station's second Five-year Stormwater Management Plan was approved by council on May 12, 2014.

Stormwater Ordinance

The City of College Station has adopted two stormwater-related ordinances that seek to regulate any person or entity from contributing to stormwater pollution to our storm drain system.

Chapter 7 – Health and Sanitation 

Chapter 7, as it pertains to public health, safety, environment and general welfare is intended to prevent non-stormwater discharges generated as a result of spilling, dumping or disposal as well as prohibiting illicit discharges and illegal connections

Chapter 12 – Unified Development Ordinance 

Chapter 12, as it pertains to new and redevelopment is intended to establish methods for controlling the introduction of pollutants into our waterways during construction and post-construction.

If you have any questions or comments and/or would like to report any of the following:

· Stormwater drainage problems

· Drainage inlet blockage

· Construction site pollution runoff

· Illicit discharge and/or connection

· Flood problems

Please go to SeeClickFix
or Call the Stormwater Hotline at:
855-528-4278

Last updated: 8/15/2016 4:09:49 PM