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MDEQ Deadline for MS4 Permits is Fast Approaching

03.12.15   Jeffrey R. Lanier, PE | More by this Author

MDEQ Deadline for MS4 Permits is Fast Approaching

Numerous NPDES Permits for municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4) are set to expire in 2015. MS4 Permitees generally include cities, townships, villages, county agencies, universities and school districts. Existing Permit holders should review their NPDES Certificate of Coverage deadlines to avoid potential MDEQ fines. In some cases, the Permit Reissuance Applications are due by April 1, 2015. Due to the complexity of the application the MDEQ previously held workshops as it requires responding to 88 separate items. If you were not able to attend the MS4 workshop, or need further assistance with storm water compliance, contact Jeff Lanier at (586) 731-3100. For West Michigan inquires, contact Casey Smith at (616) 406-1756.

Background:  National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits are required by Section 402 of the Federal Clean Water Act, and Part 31 of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA) to protect surface waters of the state from wastewater discharge. The MDEQ identified urbanized areas in Michigan that require a NPDES permit to discharge to a MS4. Municipal entities in the designated area may require a Permit to discharge storm water. The Permit requires developing and implementing a storm water management program (SWMP). Elements of a SWMP include: eliminating illicit discharges, implementing public education and participation programs, managing construction storm water run-off, using best management practices and meeting specific water quality standards.  

If you have any questions regarding NPDES permit compliance please contact us.

Jeffrey R Lanier, PE, CSWO | (586) 731-3100 | lanier@sme-usa.com

For West Michigan inquiries contact:

Casey Smith, CSWO | (616) 406-1756 | csmith@sme-usa.com


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