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Why is stormwater important?
Stormwater Management prevents physical damage to people, aquatic life and communities by preventing polluted run-off from negatively impacting waterways. The installation of impervious surfaces interrupts the natural hydrologic cycle, and causes less infiltration than was present before any development occurred. Therefore, the volume and rate of stormwater run-off greatly increases, which as a result contributes to flooding, stream channel instability, sediment, herbicides, pesticides, oils, and other pollutants getting into the storm sewer system.

Stormwater Management provides environmental benefits to local communities and reduces the amount of sediment, herbicides, pesticides, oils and debris that gets into the storm sewer system, culverts, and ditches.


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1. What is Stormwater?
2. Why is stormwater important?
3. What is an NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit?
4. What is a point source?
5. What is a water of the United States?
6. What is a pollutant?
7. Do I need an NPDES permit?
8. Where do I apply for an NPDES permit?
9. How are the conditions in NPDES permits enforced by EPA and the States?
10. Typically, how long are NPDEES permits effective?
11. What is the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Storm Water Program?
12. What is a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)?
13. Which MS4s are regulated by the NPDES Storm Water Program?