We All Live Downstream!
All water that leaves your property enters the storm drain system and ends up in the local waterways such as canals, streams, ponds, lakes, and rivers. Here are some important reminders to ensure that our water is protected:
- Apply lawn and garden chemicals sparingly. Excess can get washed out to the gutter and into the storm drain system.
- Make sure that grass clippings and leaves are properly disposed of. These easily clog storm drain systems and don’t allow them to function properly.
- Landscape materials that are delivered to your home should never be placed in the street or on the sidewalk. Have dirt, gravel, mulch, etc. delivered on your property and make sure that you sweep the excess and dispose of it properly.
- Never allow liquids such as motor oil, gasoline, paint, or other harmful items to be washed down the storm drain system. Always use proper disposal practices.
Storm Water Emergency Hotline
Please report spills and flooding related to Storm Water protection to the Storm Water Emergency Hotline at 801-420-2243.
Storm Water Management Program
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the Storm Water Phase II Rule on December 8, 1999. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality acts as the administrator of the program for the EPA in the State of Utah. To comply with the requirements of the Phase II Rule, municipalities must obtain an “Authorization to Discharge Municipal Storm Water Under the Utah Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (UPDES)” from the State of Utah.
The Storm Water Phase II Rule requires municipalities in urbanized areas to develop and
implement a Storm Water Management Program (SWMP). The SWMP is the most substantial part of the UPDES Permit.
The SWMP must address six minimum control measures:
- Public education and outreach on storm water impacts
- Public involvement/participation
- Illicit discharge detection and elimination
- Construction site storm water runoff control
- Post-construction storm water management in new development and redevelopment
- Pollution prevention/good housekeeping for municipal operations
Municipalities must develop best management practices (BMPs) to address the requirements of each of these six minimum control measures. They must also establish measurable goals for the BMPs. Municipalities must conduct a review of the effectiveness of the SWMP, and submit a corresponding report to the State annually. The SWMP must be updated every five years.
Download the 2010 Storm Water Management Plan.
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