Storm Water Management
The City of North College hill has developed its own Storm Water Management Plan (SWMP) in order to comply with the requirements of the Clean Water Act (CWA) in accordance with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II program.
The Storm Water Management Plan addresses the six Minimum Control Measures required by the NPDES permit. These are:
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
6. Pollution Prevention/ Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations
A major goal of Storm Water Management is to reduce storm water pollution, thereby protecting downstream creeks, streams, and rivers. The Public Works Department regularly cleans creeks and streams, catch basins, has a street sweeping program, and conducts other activities to reduce pollution in the Village. The Building Department also has procedures and policies in place to monitor erosion control at construction sites. A copy of the SWMP is available at City Hall for review.
Here are some good tips provided by the USEPA for residents to help reduce storm water pollution in their community:
10 Things You Can Do to Prevent Stormwater Runoff Pollution
Use fertilizers sparingly and sweep up driveways, sidewalks, and gutters
Never dump anything down storm drains or in streams
Vegetate bare spots in your yard
Compost your yard waste
Use least toxic pesticides, follow labels, and learn how to prevent pest problems
Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces; consider a rain garden to capture runoff
Take your car to the car wash instead of washing it in the driveway
Check your car for leaks and recycle your motor oil
Pick up after your pet
Have your septic tank pumped and system inspected regularly
If you have any questions regarding Stormwater Issues, please email Sheryl Long or call 521-7413.
For additional information and reference materials, visit the USEPA website.