Florida Lake Management Society Annual Conference, Naples, Florida, June 4 – 7, 2007
NPDES PHASE II PERMITS – MS-4 AND CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY SUMMARIES
Patricia Tierney, CPESC Orlando, FL
The Clean Water Act was passed in 1972 with lofty goals of restoring the nation’s waters to protect fish, wildlife and recreational use. Current permits (May 2003) resulting from that Act include the NPDES Generic Permit for Discharge of Stormwater from Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems and the Generic Permit for Stormwater Discharge from Large and Small Construction Activities. Both of these permits reach a large number of people in our State and allow cities, counties, contractors, developers, universities, Department of Transportation, military facilities, and Community Development Districts to discharge stormwater into Waters of the State and MS4s. At this time, there are approximately 128 Phase II MS-4 permittees and nearly 20,000 NPDES Generic Construction Permits in Florida.
These generic permits are designed to reduce the pollutant load and appear to be straightforward. However, implementing the permit in the field can be complex, as permittees deal with resources issues, lack of training and high turnover rates, economic constraints, low enforcement activities, and a number of other reasons that can result in non-compliance. This presentation summarizes permit information (for both permits), detailing requirements, as well as data from various NPDES Phase II permit holders around the State. This presentation briefly summarizes the NPDES permits as it relates to Phase II MS-4s and Small (and Large) Construction sites, for those who want to know what the smaller communities and developers/builders are required to do to reduce the pollutant load in their jurisdiction.
Online References NPDES MS4 Phase II Rule, list of who’s covered, permit options, FAQ, etc. http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/stormwater/npdes/MS4_1.htm
Customizable materials from EPA for MS4s http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/stormwatermonth.cfm
MS4 Phase II permit, Notice Of Intent, Specific Guidance, List of BMPs, etc. http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/stormwater/npdes/MS4_5.htm
Permit Options and Requirements for Construction Activity (Permit, NOI, NOT, SWPPP template, etc.) http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/stormwater/npdes/construction3.htm
The Florida Stormwater, Erosion, and Sedimentation Control Inspector Training & Certification Program (scheduled classes, list of instructors, electronic copy of manual, etc.) http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/nonpoint/erosion.htm
FDEP Construction Brochure, Frequently Asked Questions http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/stormwater/npdes/construction1.htm
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