Bloomfield Township's NPDES permit relies on new ordinance for stormwater control

(UI) — The Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees in Michigan unanimously decided to enact an ordinance modification on July 24 with the goal of preventing non-stormwater discharges from going into the municipal separate storm sewer system, Downtown Newsmagazine reported.

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the municipality is extremely dependent on this change, according to the publication.

Although the vote and presentation for the ordinance adoption were concise, the process leading to it has been in motion for some time. The need for this amendment arose following a routine audit by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) last fall, which mandated the implementation of the ordinance amendment.

Following the audit, the township promptly addressed all other requirements raised by EGLE. The ordinance amendment centers on three primary objectives: regulating the discharge of pollutants into the separate storm sewer system through stormwater discharges from any user, prohibiting illicit connections and discharges into the storm sewer system, and granting legal authority to conduct inspections, surveillances, and monitoring to ensure compliance with the new ordinance.

The ordinance will adhere to essential federal and state laws, granting the township the authority to regulate non-stormwater discharges into the separate storm sewer system to the greatest extent possible. This move is aimed at enhancing community health and safety.

Furthermore, the ordinance will establish effective strategies to ensure compliance with the NPDES permit process by controlling the introduction of pollutants into Bloomfield Township's separate storm sewer system.

This story was originally published by Downtown Newsmagazine.

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