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Stormwater Management


According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the primary cause of water quality problems in the U.S. today is not from factories or wastewater treatment plants, but rather from “nonpoint source pollution.” Nonpoint source pollution is a result of runoff from rainfall, snowmelt, or irrigation that picks up soil and contaminants as it runs over land or under ground, eventually depositing them into surface waters or introducing them into ground water. To specifically address the problem of pollution from storm water runoff, industries and municipalities across the nation are being required to obtain National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits.


What is the City of Jackson doing?


The City of Jackson’s Engineering Department has put into place a Stormwater Management Program to comply with the requirements of the City’s Phase II MS4 Stormwater Permit issued by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).

The Stormwater Management Program consists of six required program elements called “minimum control measures”. These measures when implemented will help reduce pollutants to our stormwater system, increase public awareness of the problem, and improve water quality.

  • Public Education and Outreach
  • Public Involvement and Participation
  • Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
  • Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Controls
  • Post-construction Stormwater Management
  • Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping

 

The City of Jackson has adopted ordinances and promulgated rules and regulations for the Control of Soil Erosion and Stormwater and the Control of Illicit Discharges to the City Storm Sewer System.:

RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE CONTROL OF SOIL EROSION AND STORMWATER

Site Development Permit requirements
Site Development Permit fees
Erosion and Drainage Control Plan (EDCP) requirements
Vegetative Impact Evaluation (VIE) requirements
Stormwater Retention/Detention requirements
Penalties for Violations
Appeals

RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE CONTROL OF ILLICIT DISCHARGES TO THE CITY STORM SEWER SYSTEM
Prohibit discharges to Stormwater Sewer System
Allowable Discharges to Stormwater Sewer System
Penalties for Violations
Appeals


An Environmental Advisory/Appeals Board was established in 2000 to review and guide the City’s Stormwater Management Program and to hear and rule on all appeals submitted relative to the Stormwater Program.