The City of Hastings submitted our initial storm water permit in February 2007 as part of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) which was created by the Federal Clean Water Act. The goal of the NPDES permit is to restore and maintain the integrity of the state’s rivers and lakes through the management and treatment of urban storm water runoff.
The City’s NPDES permit will cover a five year period and as part of the permit application the City has developed a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) that outlines the steps the City will take to meet the NPDES program goal of cleaner rivers and lakes. The City’s SWPPP addresses six required action categories called minimum control measures:
1) Public education and outreach
2) Public participation/involvement
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
There are 34 mandatory Best Management Practices (BMPs) that must be included in the City’s SWPPP to address the six minimum control measures. In addition, over the 5 year life of the City’s initial storm water permit, the City must document all activities taken to follow these 34 best management practices, prepare and submit annual reports on how well the City met its best management practices goals and hold annual public hearings outlining the activities undertook as part of its best management practices and SWPPP.