City’s stormwater management program focuses on two
Reducing localized flooding through capital projects, equipment purchases, and enhanced stormwater system maintenance programs.
2. Reducing the stormwater pollutants that enter our local water bodies in order to comply with the Indian River Lagoon Basin Management Action Plan (IRL BMAP) and other state and federal environmental regulations.
To help reduce localized flooding and meet the federal and state environmental regulations, the City has employed the
following Best Management Practices:
Capital projects include the purchase of property for stormwater collection and treatment purposes, pond construction, drainage pipe replacements and improvements.
Equipment purchases include equipment necessary for the effective maintenance of the City's stormwater system. The stormwater system includes canals, ditches, ponds, drainage pipes, catch basins, etc. Stormwater utility funds have been utilized to purchase street sweeper trucks and vacuum trucks. These trucks are used to vacuum roadways and clean catch basins. Additionally, a camera van was also purchased with stormwater utility funds to identify potential drainage and pipe problems in the stormwater system.
Enhanced stormwater system maintenance programs
Routine street sweeping
Routine cleaning, maintenance, and repair of
storm drain pipe
“Cured-in-place” pipe relining program. This
process avoids disruptive construction projects.
Routine ditch and canal maintenance
Routine inlet maintenance to remove debris and
Routine aquatic spraying to keep drainage
systems clear of nuisance plant growth
Melbourne recently completed a Stormwater Quality Master Plan that listed potential projects and continued best management practices that will help the City meet IRL BMAP requirements. The map shows the location of the potential projects which will include 2nd Generation Baffle Boxes, treatment ponds, rain gardens, wetland creation/restoration projects, exfiltration systems and more.
In addition to the IRL BMAP, Melbourne must comply with additional federal and state environmental regulations, also known as the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II Permit, the City implements several programs including environmental education, illicit discharge detection, erosion and sediment control, construction waste management, and good municipal housekeeping.