Polluted storm water runoff from urbanized areas is a major cause of impairment to our Nation’s waterways. Efforts to improve water quality came with the passage of the Clean Water Act (CWA) in 1972. Under the authority of the Clean Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed a storm water permitting program with the goal of significantly reducing the pollution source. Collin County has been designated by the EPA as having “urbanized areas” and therefore must make application to discharge storm water to waters of the United States.
In Texas, The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) was delegated the responsibility by the EPA for implementing the regulations, commonly called the Phase II Storm Water Program. Under the Phase II Program, The EPA identified six minimum control measures, which should be included in a community’s Storm Water Program. The six storm water quality minimum controls are as follows:
1. Public Education and Outreach on Storm Water Impacts
2. Public Involvement/Participation
3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
4.Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control
5. Post-Construction Storm Water Management in New Development and Redevelopment
6. Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations
The objective of the City of Parker Storm Water Management Program (SWMP) is to develop a program with which the City of Parker can reduce the discharge of pollutants to the maximum extent practicable (MEP).