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RiverIn accordance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and authority granted by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act), the City of Jackson was issued a Stormwater Permit in September of 1995, for the discharge of stormwater from the City’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) into tributaries of the Pearl River. The permit was issued to the City of Jackson by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The permit covers all areas located within the City of Jackson boundaries. It is a requirement of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Phase I Storm Water Rule, which authorizes stormwater discharges from the City’s MS4. The permit also authorizes the discharge of stormwater that is mixed with non-storm water discharges that are in compliance with the permit.

The implementation of the City of Jackson Stormwater Program was a requirement of the Stormwater Permit issued to the City. The permit requires the City of Jackson to continue the implementation and enforcement of its Stormwater Management Program (SWMP).
The purpose of the program is to reduce the discharge of pollutants from the MS4 to protect water quality and satisfy applicable water quality requirements of the Clean Water Act.The program is evaluated annually by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The Stormwater Management Program must be consistent with the requirements found in the City’s Stormwater Permit. Included in the permit are six minimum control measures that guide the direction of the City of Jackson’s Stormwater Management Program:

Public OutreachPublic Education and Outreach on Stormwater Impacts

In order to make efforts to control storm water pollution, individual, household, and public behaviors and activities that can generate pollution must be taken into consideration. These behaviors that have the potential to generate storm water pollution include:

  • littering
  • disposing of trash and recyclables
  • disposing of pet-waste
  • applying lawn-chemicals
  • washing cars
  • changing and improperly disposing of motor-oil
  • improperly disposing of leftover paint and other household chemicals

It takes individuals to change their behavior and learn proper practices to control pollution make a difference. Therefore it is important to make the public sufficiently aware and concerned about the significance of their behavior for storm water pollution, through information and education, that they change improper behaviors.

Public InvolvementPublic Involvement/Participation

The City of Jackson cannot be as effective in reducing storm water pollution alone. It takes the participation, partnership, and combined efforts of other groups in the community all working towards the goal to reduce storm water pollution. The point of public involvement is to build community partnerships with interested citizens and groups, to help spread the message on preventing storm water pollution. This can be done by implementing group activities that highlight storm drain pollution and contribute volunteer community actions to restore and protect local water resources.

Illicit DischargeIllicit Discharge Detection and Elimination

The objective of illicit discharge detection and elimination (IDDE) component of the program is to locate and eliminate potential and existing non-storm water wastes from entering storm sewers from residential, commercial, municipal, industrial and institutional facilities located within the City of Jackson.

Construction RunoffConstruction Site Stormwater Runoff Control

Stormwater runoff from construction activities can have a significant impact on water quality. As stormwater flows over a construction site, it can pick up pollutants like sediment, debris, and chemicals which eventually drain to a nearby storm sewer system. The objective of construction site storm water runoff control is to develop, implement, and enforce a program to reduce pollutants in any stormwater runoff from construction activities that result in land disturbance.

Post ConstructionPost-Construction Stormwater Management in New Development and Redevelopment

The objective of the post-construction storm water management is the development and implementation of measures used to control the amount of storm water runoff from new developments.

Good HousekeepingPollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations

The objective of good housekeeping for municipal operations is to ensure that municipalities modify their actions to significantly reduce or eliminate the amount and type of pollution that collects on streets, parking lots, open spaces, parks, and storage and vehicle maintenance areas.