What is NPDES?

How It Began

Section 402(p) of the 1987 Federal Clean Water Act required the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permit program. This program requires local governments to obtain permits for their existing stormwater drainage systems, and for stormwater from certain industrial activities. This includes all construction projects that will disturb one or more acres of land, government owned landfills, power plants, airports, vehicle maintenance facilities and wastewater treatment plants.

Link to NPDES Permit

How Does This Effects the City of Lake Alfred

The NPDES regulations are directed at local governments, which are liable, for the pollutants discharged from their stormwater systems into the waters of the United States. The City of Lake Alfred is one co-permittee in Polk County responsible for developing a long term, comprehensive stormwater program to reduce the pollutant loading from their systems caused by non-point sources. Non-point sources are polluting sources other than direct discharges from factories and industries. Automotive oil and grease, herbicides and pesticides used in lawn maintenance, and runoff from City streets are a few examples of non-point sources of pollution.

The City has already developed an inventory of its stormwater management system. Currently infrastructure deficiencies are being identified and appropriate repairs completed.


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