ALERT: We wanted to make you aware that for the next several weeks concrete and asphalt crews will be working throughout the City as part of this year's paving project.
Storm water pollution is rapidly growing in importance as a national environmental issue. Storm water pollution is urban runoff water that has picked up pollutants as it flows through the storm drain system - a network of channels, gutters and pipes that collect runoff from city streets, neighborhoods, farms, construction sites and parking lots - and empties directly into local waterways.
Unlike sewage, which goes to treatment plants, urban runoff flows UNTREATED through the storm drain system. Anything thrown, swept or poured into the street, gutter of a catch basin can flow directly into our streams, lakes and rivers. Recent studies have found that urban storm water rivals and in some cases exceeds sewage plants and large factories as a source of damaging pollutants.
Ohio EPA's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) General Permit and the Construction General Permit were created to preserve, protect, and improve the Nation's water resources from polluted storm water runoff. These regulations have evolved to require the control of pollutants from MS4s, construction sites, and industrial activities through a Storm Water Management Program. The overall goal of the Storm Water Management Program is to integrate appropriate storm water control activities into ongoing activities, thus making control of storm water pollution a part of the City's normal business practices. The City of Pickerington is a regulated MS4 community and is therefore required to develop, implement, and enforce a storm water management program designed to reduce the discharge of pollutants into our streams, rivers, and lakes to the "maximum extent practicable".
A public education program is one aspect of a Storm Water Management Program. Since our quality of life is greatly dependent upon the quality of our water supplies, prevention of water pollution through responsible storm water management is of critical importance. Please read the following guidelines for preventing water pollution:
The City has a Storm Water Protection Ordinance (Part Twelve, Title Six, Chapter 1258.22) which follows our Ohio EPA MS4 permit.