WORKING TOGETHER TO IMPROVE WATER QUALITY WHILE PROTECTING YOUR
National Pollution Discharge Elimination System
Mandated by Congress
under the Clean Water Act, the NPDES Stormwater Program is
a comprehensive two-phased national program for addressing
the non-agricultural sources of stormwater discharges
which adversely affect the quality of our nation's waters.
The Program uses the National Pollutant Discharge
Elimination System (NPDES) permitting mechanism to require
the implementation of controls designed to prevent harmful
pollutants from being washed by stormwater runoff into
local water bodies.
county and municipality throughout the
nation is issued an NPDES Permit. The goal of the permit
is to stop polluted discharges from entering the storm
drain system and local coastal waters.
Permit consists of six minimum control measures which
include 1) Public Outreach & Education 2) Public
Participation 3) Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination
4) Construction Site Stormwater Runoff 5)
Post-Construction Stormwater Management and 6) Municipal
Operation Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping.
Each minimum control
measure consists of several Best Management Practices with
associated Measurable Goals. The City actively and
aggressively works towards meeting each strategy established
in its Permit. Melbourne's NPDES Permit is valid
Fast Fact: Melbourne currently has more than 200
measurable goals it is working on to reduce pollutants
entering the Indian River Lagoon and other water bodies.
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