Amendments to the Clean Water Act required that private entities as well as federal, state and local governments address the quality of our water resources. The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase I requirements took effect in 1990 and regulated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) located in communities with a population over 100,000. In 1999, Bloomfield Township voluntarily developed programs to meet NPDES permit requirements in preparation of these requirements being mandated. In 2008, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, (MDNRE) on direction from the Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) updated the NPDES requirements that mandated programs and activities that the Township must implement with the goal of protecting water quality.
As an alternative, the Township obtained an NPDES permit covering only those areas owned or operated by the Township. The Township owns or operates only 25.54 acres of property (0.15%) out of the 16,500 acres located within the Township’s boundaries. As such, organizations like the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC), the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioners (OCWRC) Office and private entities, own and operate many of the storm sewers located in the Township.
NPDES Wastewater Jurisdictional General Permit MIS040000
Public Notice for 2016 Storm Water Permit Application
In 2016, the Township made application as required by the State of Michigan for a permit to discharge storm water to surface waters of the State from a municipal separate storm sewer system. This application was recently reviewed by the State of Michigan and found acceptable for issuing a public notice. The public notice can be seen by clicking here and is also posted at the main entrance of the Township Hall at 4200 Telegraph Road and the Dave Payne Public Services Building at 1153 Exeter Road. The Part 21 Rules, Wastewater Discharge Permits, promulgated under Part 31, Water Resources Protection, of the NREPA require that a public notice be posted for at least 30 days. The public notice was posted at the two locations above starting May 5, 2020 and will remain in place for 30 days. Comments can be submitted to the State of Michigan as directed in the public notice.
Storm Water Management Program Plan (SWMPP)
In order to meet NPDES Wastewater Jurisdictional General Permit requirements, the following Storm Water Management Program Plan (SWMP) was developed by the Township. The SWMP integrates Bloomfield Township’s Illicit Discharge Elimination Plan (IDEP), Public Education Plan (PEP), Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and all other required elements into a single document containing Bloomfield Township’s commitments to help reduce the discharge of pollutants to storm water.
Click here to view Bloomfield Township’s Storm Water Management Program Plan.
Please contact the Bloomfield Township Engineering and Environmental Services Department by sending an Email or 248-594-2800 if you have questions about the material presented here.
For more information regarding storm water permitting, please visit the following websites:
EPA - NPDES
MDNRE - NPDES
Bloomfield Township Watershed
Bloomfield Township Public Education
Alliance of Rouge Communities
Friends of the Rouge
Clinton River Watershed Council
Updated: November 2010