What is stormwater?
Stormwater is water runoff after a rain storm from streets, construction sites, parking lots, buildings and other areas that goes directly into storm drains and eventually into local streams and rivers. This water can pick up pollutants along the way to these streams and rivers. MTSU has set up a program that seeks to protect this water from pollutants.
Why are stormwater and sewer systems separate?
Stormwater systems are not treated at the waste water treatment facility. This water flows directly to the streams and rivers. Waste water (sewage) is sent to the waste water treatment facility and cleaned before it is released into the rivers.
What is a MS4?
An MS4 is a conveyance or system of conveyances that is:
Stormwater Management Program Components
The Phase II Permit is broken down into six components, and the implementation and enforcement of the six components is collectivley referred to as a municipality's SWMP. The six components are:
What is impervious surface area?
Impervious surfaces are areas constructed of infrastructure such as pavement, concrete and buildings that do not allow water to penetrate into the ground.
What can I do to reduce pollution in stormwater runoff?
There are many things that we can do to help reduce pollution:
What is an illicit discharge?
An illicit discharge is disposal of anything other than storm water into the storm water drainage system. This includes illegal connection or tie-ins to the storm sewer system.
Examples of illicit discharge to storm sewer system: