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Stormwater Management and Non-point Source Pollution have moved into the forefront of Local Government with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Final Rule for Phase II of the Clean Water Act and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). The Phase II Final Rule automatically designates those Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) identified as “small” MS4s. The objective of Phase II is control of the last unregulated source of water pollution in the U.S. via a comprehensive program addressing non-point source (NPS) pollution of surface-and groundwaters.

Municipalities regulated by Phase II must initiate and fully integrate a permanent non-point source pollution prevention and mitigation program to protect surface- and groundwater resources within their jurisdiction. Generally titled Stormwater Management, each Municipality must develop and implement a program of six Minimum Control Measures:

1. Public Education and Outreach
3. Illicit Discharge Detection &
5. Post-Construction Runoff
2. Public Involvement &
4. Construction Site Runoff
6. Good Housekeeping &
    Pollution Prevention
Click the menu (at left) to find the resources that your Municipality will need to develop and implement a successful Stormwater Management Program (SWMP).
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