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Urban Storm Water Quatlity Management and Discharge Control
Illegal discharge - means any direct or indirect non-stormwater discharge to the storm drain system, except as exempted herein.
Illicit discharge - means any drain or conveyance, whether on the surface or subsurface, which allows an illegal discharge to enter the storm drain system, including but not limited to, any conveyances which allow any non-stormwater discharge including sewage, process wastewater, and wash water to enter the storm drain system and any connections to the storm drain system from indoor drains and sinks, regardless of whether said drain or connection had been previously allowed, permitted, or approved by a government agency; or any drain or conveyance connected from a commercial or industrial land use to the storm drain system which has not been documented in plans, maps, or equivalent records and approved by the city.
Pollutant - means anything which causes or contributes to pollution. Pollutants may include, but are not limited to: paints, varnishes, and solvents; oil and other automotive fluids; non-hazardous liquid and solid wastes and yard wastes, refuse, rubbish, garbage, litter, or discarded or abandoned objects, articles, and accumulations, so that same may cause or contribute to pollution; floatables; pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers; hazardous substances and wastes; sewage; fecal coliform and pathogens; dissolved and particulate metals; animal wastes; wastes and residues that result from constructing a building or structure (including but not limited to sediments, slurries, and concrete rinsates); and noxious or offensive matter of any kind.
Watercourse - means any body of water, including but not limited to lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, and bodies of water, whether natural or man-made, which are indicated on the City’s storm sewer system map.
Waterway - means a channel that directs surface runoff to a watercourse or to the public storm sewer system.
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged into the storm drain system or watercourses any materials, including but not limited to pollutants or waters containing any *pollutant that cause or contribute to a violation of applicable water quality standards, other than storm water. The commencement, conduct or continuance of any illegal discharge to the storm drain system is prohibited except as described hereinafter:
Nonpoint-source pollutants - Nonpoint source pollution comes from many diverse sources and is hard to control. Major nonpoint sources of pollution include excess farm and lawn nutrients that move through the soil into the groundwater or enter local water directly through runoff during heavy rains. Nonpoint source pollution includes nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizers, sediments from construction sites, pesticides from agricultural lands, salts from winter road treatment, and trace metals and toxic chemicals from inadequately protected landfills; animal wastes; and even pollutants released directly into the atmosphere. Pollutants contaminate half the swimming water in the United States and also contaminates groundwater, which makes up 95% of the country’s freshwater.
Discharges for the following activities will not be considered a source of pollutants to the storm drain system and to waters of the United States when properly managed to ensure that no potential pollutants are present, and therefore they shall not be considered illegal discharges unless determined to cause a violation of the Clean Water Act or this article: water line flushing, uncontaminated pumped groundwater, and other discharges from potable water sources, landscape irrigation or lawn watering, diverted stream flows, rising groundwater, groundwater infiltration to the storm drain system, uncontaminated foundation and footing drains, uncontaminated water from crawl space pumps, air conditioning condensation, uncontaminated non-industrial roof drains, springs, individual residential and occasional non-commercial car washing, flows from riparian habitats and wetlands, dechlorinated swimming pool discharges, street wash waters, flows from fire fighting or training activities and those set forth in section 86-182 of the City Code.
Watercourse protection/maintenance - Every person owning property through which a waterway passes, or such person's lessee, shall keep and maintain that part of the watercourse within the property reasonably free of trash, debris, excessive vegetation, grass clippings, garden debris, tree limbs and branches, and other obstacles that would pollute, contaminate, or significantly retard the flow of water through the watercourse. In addition, the owner or lessee shall maintain existing privately-owned structures within or adjacent to a waterway. The owner or lessee shall not remove healthy bank vegetation beyond that actually necessary for maintenance, nor remove such vegetation in such a manner as to increase the vulnerability of the watercourse to erosion. The property owner shall be responsible for maintaining and stabilizing that portion of the watercourse that is within their property lines in order to protect against erosion and degradation of the watercourse originating or contributed from their property. (86-322)
What can we do as a community?
A major component of the storm water quality program is to consider how our daily activities affect storm water quality and to modify our activities to improve the quality of water in our local ponds and streams.
Rainwater is fine until it hits the ground. The rain water then picks up a multitude of pollutants on its way downstream: fertilizer; pesticides; oil; pet waste; mud; and the list goes on. The quality of local watercourses and wildlife habitats become diminished because the water is not treated before arriving at our local ponds and creeks. Therefore; if our community takes measures to prevent erosion and sediment runoff from entering our storm water system, we can drastically improve the conditions of our local watercourses. Here are just a few ideas.
Good old common sense will go a long way. For example: Don’t fertilize your lawn if there is a chance for rain. Use pesticides sparingly on lawns and gardens, and only after considering more natural methods of control. Utilize yard waste composting facilities for leaves and grass clippings or try a mulching mower. Do not use a gutter or storm inlet as a means of disposing of yard waste.
Contain waste oil and take it to a recycling center. Consider using a car wash. Sweep your driveway rather than washing it down. For further information on how you can become involved call or visit the websites below.
EPA Contact Information:
Superfund Hotline - Hazardous Waste Disposal Information, call: 800-424-9346
National Pesticide Network - Pesticides, proper methods of chemical use, compostition and potential health effects, call: 800-858-7378
Water Environment Federation Contact Information:
601 Wythe Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1994
McPherson County K-State Research & Extension:
600 W Woodside
McPherson, KS 67460