What is a stormwater management program?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) have developed regulations pursuant to the Clean Water Act. In 1972, the EPA enacted the Clean Water Act to restore all waters of the United States to their fishable and swimmable conditions.

In 1987, Congress broadened the Clean Water Act definition of "point source" to include industrial stormwater discharges and municipal separate storm sewer systems. Under these regulations, a stormwater pollution prevention plan must be developed to prevent or reduce pollutants in stormwater.

The goal of the city’s Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) is to protect our waterways by preventing stormwater pollution. The program incorporates a list of measures governed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), such as public involvement and participation, illicit discharge and detection and elimination, construction site runoff control, post-construction management in new developments, and pollution prevention and good-keeping. The creation and implementation of the SWMP requires an enormous commitment from the city, and community involvement is critical to its success.

The Stormwater Utility Fund provides the city with the tools necessary to meet the previously mentioned federal and state regulatory requirements.

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1. What is stormwater?
2. Why is stormwater runoff a problem?
3. What is a stormwater management program?
4. What can you do to protect stormwater?