The challenge with urbanized areas is the resultant water pollution that occurs when rain water hits the ground and picks up pollutants that enter our waterways. Polluted stormwater runoff is commonly transported through Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), from which it is often discharged untreated into local waterbodies. To prevent harmful pollutants from being washed or dumped into a MS4, operators must obtain a NPDES permit, develop a stormwater management program and provide an annual report as to the condition of their MS4 system. MS4 Permit Manager Software provides small and large MS4 municipalities a finanical and easy to use solution for US EPAs requirement for NPDES MS4 General Permit compliance. CLICK HERE to watch a brief online video.
There are presently 2 different types of MS4s. They are:
1. Phase I, issued in 1990, requires medium and large cities or certain counties with populations of 100,000 or more to obtain NPDES permit coverage for their stormwater discharges.
2. Phase II, issued in 1999, requires regulated small MS4s in urbanized areas, as well as small MS4s outside the urbanized areas that are designated by the permitting authority, to obtain NPDES permit coverage for their stormwater discharges.
Most of the time, Phase I MS4s are covered by individual permits and Phase II MS4s are covered by a general permit. Each regulated MS4 is required to develop and implement a stormwater management program (SWMP) to reduce the contamination of stormwater runoff and prohibit illicit discharges. That’s where the NPDES Training Institute comes in. We offer MS4 Compliance Inspection Training and MS4 Permit compliance services throughout the nation and MS4 Software solutions to Phase I and Phase II municipalities throughout Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.