Storm Water Management and Storm Water Pollution

Storm Water Management
The Wyoming Public Works Department oversees and provides surface water management services for the City. Public catch basins, storm structures, drainage facilities, and sewer pipes are maintained by the Department. A major goal of storm water management is to reduce storm water pollution, thereby protecting downstream creeks, streams, and rivers. Street sweeping and catch basin cleaning activities are routinely conducted to help reduce downstream pollutants. Also, the City regularly inspects erosion controls at construction sites. If you have a storm water question, please contact Mike Lippert at 513.821.0037 or by email or Terry Huxel at 513.821.3505 or by email.

Executive Summary
The City of Wyoming is required to prepare a Storm Water Management Plan (SWMP) in accordance with 40 CFR 123.25 and Ohio law (OAC 3745-39). This document outlines the City’s program to develop, implement and enforce a storm water management program designed to reduce the discharge of pollutants to the maximum extent practicable, to protect water quality, and to satisfy the appropriate 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.

Legal Authority
Resolution No. 25-2009 and Ordinance No. 24-2009 provides the city of Wyoming the authority to control the quality of separate storm water discharges to its MS4. The City of Wyoming has both the fiscal resources and legal authority to fully implement its Storm Water Management Plan. The City has adopted the SWMP for permitting period, 2014-2019.

Permit Coverage Area
The SWMP traverses all areas within the incorporated City limits. The City of Wyoming has an estimated population of 8,428 (US Census Bureau – Population Estimates, 2010) and encompasses approximately 2.9 square miles.

Reporting Requirements
The City of Wyoming will annually prepare a report during the permit cycle. (Click here to see the latest report). The report will include the status of compliance with the permit conditions, an assessment of the appropriateness of the best management practices (BMP’s) and progress towards achieving measurable goals for each of the Six Minimum Control Measures.

Storm Water Management Plan
The SWMP outlines the Six Minimum Control Measures that are expected to result in reductions in the adverse effects of storm water discharged by the City of Wyoming. The City is located in the Mill Creek Watershed (Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) 05090203010). This assessment is very large, and does not reflect individual tributaries serving Wyoming. The Wyoming-specific major waterway is West Fork Mill Creek as identified on the MS4 map. Because the City is largely built-out, the City’s Storm Water Management Plan addresses the means and methods for lessening the effects of urban runoff.

The six Minimum Control Measures are:
1. Public Education and Outreach
2. Public Participation and Involvement
3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
4. Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control
5. Post Construction Storm Water management in new development and redevelopment
6. Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations

For more information and reference materials, visit the USEPA website at http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/stormwatermonth.cfm.

Storm Water Pollution
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Storm Water Pollution – What is the Problem?
Each time it rains, water washes over our streets, driveways, and yards picking up pollutants along the way and flowing into our storm drains. This runoff may contain pollutants such as motor oil, yard clippings, pet waste, litter, lawn chemicals, anti-freeze, or other toxins, which can pollute our water supply as well as clog pipes and culverts which can lead to flooding. Known as “Non-Point Source Pollution”, it is the largest threat to our waterways today. Sometimes pollutants are dumped directly into storm drains by neighbors who don’t know any better. Contrary to popular belief, most storm drains are not connected to treatment systems. Whatever enters the drain is discharged directly, untreated, into local waterways!

How can you help?

1. Properly dispose of hazardous waste and recycle used motor oil.
2. Use fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides sparingly and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
3. Keep yard waste, trash, and dirt off the street and out of the gutters.
4. If you have a septic tank, please follow the Best Management Practices.