Stormwater Management Program


In the 1980s the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) amended the Clean Water Act (CWA) and created a two-phased national program to address water pollution emanating from non-point source of pollution (stormwater runoff).

Phase I of the program was designed to address stormwater discharges from the nations' largest cities. Phase II of the program was designed to address stormwater discharges from smaller Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) (or those that are located in urbanized areas with a population less than 100,000). Under both phases of the program, operators of these systems are required to obtain National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit coverage for their stormwater discharges.

Through delegation by the federal government, the State of Florida is administering these program requirements through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).

For more information, please visit Volusia County's website.

The City of Daytona Beach's requirements

The City of Daytona Beach is considered to be a small MS4 and therefore, is required to comply with the Phase II Stormwater regulations. The Phase II regulations require that a regulated MS4 must "develop, implement and enforce a Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) designed to reduce the discharge of pollutants from the MS4 to the Maximum Extent Practicable (MEP) in order to protect water quality and to satisfy the requirements of the Clean Water Act."

The city's MS4's Stormwater Management Program must satisfy the requirements for five program components, known as Minimum Control Measures (MCMs). These control measures and activities associated with each MCM are:

Public Education and Outreach

Implement a public education program to distribute educational materials to the community or conduct equivalent outreach activities about the impacts of stormwater discharge on water bodies and the steps that the public can take to reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff.

Public Involvement and Participation

Comply with State and local public notice requirements when implementing a public involvement/public participation program.

Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination

1. Develop a stormwater sewer system map, showing the location of all known outfalls and the names and location of all surface water of the State that receive discharges from those outfalls.

2. To the extent allowable under State of local law, effectively prohibit through ordinance no-stormwater discharge into the storm sewer system and implement appropriate enforcement procedures and actions.

3. Develop and implement a plan to detect and eliminate non-stormwater discharges, including illegal dumping in the MS4.

4. Inform public employees, businesses and the general public of hazards associated with illegal discharges and improper disposal of waste.

Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control

1. Develop and implement, to the extent allowable under state or local law, an ordinance or other regulatory mechanism to require erosion and sediment controls, as well as sanctions to ensure compliance, to reduce pollutants in any stormwater runoff to the Phase II MS4 from construction activities that result in a land disturbance of greater than or equal to one acre. Reduction of pollutants associated with stormwater discharges from construction activity disturbing less than one acre must also be included if that construction activity is part of a larger common plan of development or sale that would disturb on acre or more.

2. Develop and implement requirements for construction site operators to implement appropriate erosion and sediment control best management practices.

3. Develop and implement requirements for construction site operators to control waste such as discarded building materials, concrete truck washout, chemicals, litter and sanitary waste at the construction site that may cause adverse impacts to water quality.

4. Develop and implement procedures for site plan review that incorporate consideration of potential water quality impacts.

5. Develop and implement procedures for receipt and consideration of information submitted by the public.

6. Develop and implement procedures for site inspection and enforcement of control measures.

Pollution Prevention & Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations

1. Develop and implement an operation and maintenance program that has the ultimate goal of preventing or reducing pollutant runoff from the MS4 operator activities, such as park and open space maintenance, fleet and building maintenance, new construction and land disturbances and stormwater system maintenance.

2. Use training materials that are available from EPA, the department or other organizations, include employee training to prevent and reduce stormwater pollution from the MS4 operator activities.

A Notice of Intent (NOI) for the City of Daytona Beach to obtain coverage under the MS4 General Permit was filed with the FDEP and summarizes the best management practices (BMPs) and activities that were selected to meet the five minimum measures. Activities undertaken to address each minimum control measure are further detailed in the corresponding webpages. If you have questions or comments about the city's SWMP, please email the Utilities Department.