Phase II NPDS Storm Water Regulations
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s)
Under the 1987 Clean Water Act Amendments, the U.S. EPA developed new stormwater regulations to address storm water that might impact water quality. These new regulations were set up in two Phases depending upon population and are enforced by the U.S. EPA through the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). Phase I dealt with areas serving an urban population greater than 100,000 people and in Indiana affected only Indianapolis . Phase II has also been implemented and affects nearly 200 MS4 entities within the state. In Indiana , MS4 designation includes cities, towns, universities, colleges, correctional facilities, hospitals, conservancy districts, homeowner’s associations and military bases located within mapped urbanized areas, as delineated by the U.S. Census Bureau, or, for those MS4 areas outside of urbanized areas, serving an urban population greater than 7,000 people. In addition to these generalized criteria, designation of MS4 entities is potentially determined by other factors, including population growth and documentation which indicates water quality impairments.
1. Public Education and Outreach
2. Public Involvement and 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 Maintenance.
There are a number of MS4 Materials that are found on our website under Useful Links and Documents that you may use to increase your knowledge of storm water issues. Please feel free to use the link to IDEM’s Stormwater Management Program website also for more information.