Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, parking lots, and streets prevent stormwater runoff from naturally soaking into the ground. This runoff can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants and flow into a storm sewer system, ditch, lake, stream, river, or wetland. This stormwater runoff is often discharged untreated into the waterbodies we use for swimming, fishing and providing drinking water.
What Can You Do to Help?
- Keep litter and debris off of sidewalks, driveways, parking lots and away from storm drains.
- Remember to clean up pet waste and dispose of it properly.
- Practice good car care, fix fluid leaks, use environmentally friendly cleaners, and do not dump waste in the storm sewer.
- Carefully store and dispose of household cleaners, chemicals, and oil - Contact Madisonville Public Works (link to public works page) at 270-824-2117 for proper disposal information.
- Choose environmentally friendly landscaping and collect runoff by installing rain barrels.
We might not be aware of how polluted water gets there, but what we do at our homes and businesses will affect our streams and lakes.
The Environmental Protection Agency's Storm Water Regulations were established as part of the Clean Water Act of 1972. CWA Section 402(p)(6) requires storm water program regulations. This requirement resulted in:
Interim Phase II Final Rule (1995)
Phase II Proposed Rule (1998)
Phase II Final Rule (1999)
The Phase II Final Rule was signed on October 29, 1999. The Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on December 8, 1999. The Rule and fact sheets are available at:www.epa.gov/npdes
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