The City of Alcoa is one of more than 85 Tennessee communities that are required to implement a stormwater program under the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II for small municipalities. This program requires six minimum measures:
1. Public Education & Outreach
Distributing educational materials and performing outreach to inform citizens about the impacts polluted stormwater runoff discharges can have on water quality.
2. Public Participation & Involvement
Providing opportunities for citizens to participate in program development and implementation of our stormwater program. Also the involvement and support of local groups that operate within our stormwater system.
3. Illicit Discharge & Elimination
Developing and implementing a plan to detect and eliminate illicit discharges to the storm sewer system. See Stormwater Management Ordinance below.
4. Construction Site Runoff Controls
Developing, implementing, and enforcing an erosion and sediment control program for construction activities.
5. Post Construction Runoff Control
Developing, implementing, and enforcing a program to address discharges of post-construction stormwater runoff from new development and redevelopment areas to improve water quality.
6. Good Housekeeping
Developing and implementing a program with the goal of preventing or reducing pollutant runoff from municipal operations. The program must include municipal staff training on pollution prevention measures and techniques (e.g., regular street sweeping, reduction in the use of pesticides or street salt, or frequent catch-basin cleaning).
The NPDES Phase II program is administered by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation on a 5 year permit cycle that began in June of 2003.