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.
Click here to view the NPDES Wastewater Jurisdictional General Permit MIS040000.
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