Engineering (Permits/Projects/Stormwater)

Engineering Department - Stormwater Quality

In 1972, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passed what is commonly called The Clean Water Act.  This act provided the basic structure for improving the quality of the waters of the United States by regulating discharges of pollutants.  The Clean Water Act contains the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program which regulates stormwater runoff.  The NPDES Phase II program requires that regulated small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), such as the City of Cañon City, must reduce the amount of pollutants in their stormwater discharge as much as possible to protect water quality.  In Colorado, the Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issues stormwater permits and oversees the program through the Colorado Water Quality Control Act and the Colorado Discharge Permit Regulations.  The stormwater permits require the development and implementation of a stormwater management program that addresses the following six program areas:

1.      Public Education and Outreach

2.      Public Participation and Involvement

3.      Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination

4.      Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control

5.      Post-Construction Stormwater Management

6.      Muncipal Good Housekeeping Operations

For more information visit the following links:
Stormwater Newsletters
Construction Site Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan
The Clean Water Act  
Clean Water Act Quiz
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)  
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)  
Nonpoint Source Colorado           

Please click on the links below for more information:
Stormwater Construction
Illicit Stormwater Discharge
Stormwater Municipal Operations
Permits Reports
Post Construction Program
Why Should I Care About Water Quality?
What Can I Do To Help?
Rain Barrels
Rain Barrel Fact Sheet