Mandated by Congress under the Clean Water Act, the National Pollutant Discharge
Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Program is a comprehensive national
program for addressing the non-agricultural sources of stormwater discharges,
which adversely affect the quality of our Nation's waters. The program uses an
established permitting mechanism to require the implementation of controls
designed to prevent harmful pollutants from being washed by stormwater runoff
into local water bodies. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s
regulations require communities in urbanized areas to develop
programs to manage stormwater runoff by addressing the following six
minimum control measures:
Public education and outreach
on stormwater impacts.
Illicit discharge detection
Construction site stormwater
runoff and control.
management in new development and redevelopment.
housekeeping for municipal operations.
Eleven Cumberland County
municipalities are subject to Phase II stormwater
regulation. In 2002, the District, along with other partners,
brought the communities together into the “Interlocal Stormwater
Workgroup” (ISWG). The group developed a model plan to be submitted
to Maine DEP. This plan and interlocal approach has been used by the
State as a model for the other 17 regulated municipalities in the
State. The ISWG was profiled at the Stormwater Management in Cold
Climates Conference in November 2003 and the New England Interstate
Water Pollution Control Committee Stormwater Conference in Spring
The District is currently in the process of updating Cumberland
County's Hazard Mitigation Plan on behalf of Cumberland County
Emergency Management. The updated Plan will be posted when
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