The City of Barberton Stormwater Department works daily to meet the Ohio Environmental Protection Agencies (OEPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.
The NPDES is a permitting mechanism that requires the completion of 6 minimum control measures (MCM) designed to prevent harmful pollutants from being washes by stormwater runoff into local water bodies.
- Control Measure 1 - Public Education and Outreach
- Control Measure 2 - Public Involvement and Participation
- Control Measure 3 - Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
- Control Measure 4 - Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control
- Control Measure 5 - Post-Construction Storm Water Management in New Development and Redevelopment
- Control Measure 6 - Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations
Clean Water Act
NPDES is mandated by congress under the Clean Water Act (CWA.) It is a two-phased national program for addressing the non-agricultural sources of stormwater discharges which adversely affect the quality of our nations waters. Phase I was created in 1990 for large communities over 100,000 people. Phase II was created in 2003 for medium to small communities. Barberton is a Phase II community.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the number one source of surface water pollution is caused by stormwater runoff, causing nearly 40% of pollution is US water bodies.
The regulation applies to all parcels used or being developed, either wholly or partially, for new or relocated projects involving highways and roads and all other uses that are not exempted.
The City of Barberton is required to implement a public education program that distributes educational materials to the community about the impacts of stormwater discharges on water bodies and the steps the public can take to reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff.
The City of Barberton is required to have a minimum of five public involvement actives over a permit term.
Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping is an internal program for the city.
The City of Barberton is required to implement and enforce a program to detect and eliminate illicit discharges.
Read the Stormwater Management Ordinance.