Non-Stormwater Disharge Permitting
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandated the establishment of a stormwater program as authorized under the Clean Water Act (1977) and the Water Quality Act (1987). The Acts require urbanized cities and counties to implement a water quality program to protect our streams and rivers. Hamilton County along with Collegedale, East Ridge, Lakesite, Lookout Mountain, Red Bank, Ridgeside, and Soddy Daisy agreed to form a multi-jurisdictional program, the Hamilton County Water Quality Program (the Program), under State of Tennessee NPDES Permit Number TNS075566.
The Program is required to educate the public on stormwater quality issues, facilitate public reporting of dumping or other water pollution problems, provide pollution report investigations, provide stormwater pollution prevention plans for municipal facilities, inventory stormwater outfalls and answer questions associated with the Program, the annual fee and other water quality issues.
Effective January 1, 2008, the Program became responsible for permitting industrial sites located within the Program Service Area having non-polluting non-stormwater discharges that enter into the stormwater collection system. In addition to obtaining the necessary permits required by the State of Tennessee , each facility must submit a Non-Stormwater Discharge Permit application to the Program.