Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over the land surface. The addition of roads, driveways, parking lots, rooftops and other surfaces that prevent water from soaking into the ground to our landscape greatly increases the runoff volume created during storms. This runoff is swiftly carried to our local streams, lakes, wetlands and rivers and can cause flooding and erosion, and wash away important habitat for critters that live in the stream. Stormwater runoff also picks up and carries with it many different pollutants that are found on paved surfaces such as sediment, nitrogen, phosphorus, bacteria, oil and grease, trash, pesticides and metals. It comes as no surprise then that stormwater runoff is the number one cause of stream impairment in urban areas.
Clean Water Act Expansion
To reduce the impacts of runoff on urban streams, EPA expanded the Clean Water Act in 1987 to require municipalities to obtain permits for discharges of stormwater runoff. As a result, many communities have adopted regulations requiring developers to install stormwater management practices that reduce the rate and/or volume and remove pollutants from runoff generated on their development sites.
Our City Engineer, Mr. Adam Ballesteros, is in charge of the Storm Water Division for the City of Deer Park. City Staff works diligently to maintain compliance with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) General Permit TXR040000 for Phase II (Small) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) requirements for obtaining authorization for storm water dischargers from small MS4's, the new General Permit, forms and annual reporting. Please feel free to contact him if you have questions about storm water or need any additional information.
Visit our Stormwater Management page for more information.