Sec. 16.2-70. Purpose.
(a) The 1987 amendments to the federal clean water act (CWA) required the United States environmental protection agency to establish national pollutant discharge elimination system (NPDES) requirements for municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4). NPDES regulations require the city to reduce the flow of pollutants into waters of the United States through ordinance, permit, contract or other available means.
(b) Pollutants discharged from the city’s municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) have an adverse impact upon the quality of receiving waters. Stormwater, and any other materials which enter the city’s MS4, travel through the system and are discharged into receiving waters with minimal or no treatment. Since pollutants entering this system come from many sources and are to date largely uncontrolled, reduction of pollutant discharges can only be achieved by a broad restriction on a variety of activities occurring throughout the city. This ordinance is intended to prevent pollutants from being discharged by the city’s stormwater collection system by requiring all citizens to prevent such pollutants from initially entering the system.
(c) This article is adopted as an integral part of the city’s stormwater management program. (Ord. No. O-07-032, 3-13-07)