What is NPDES?

The NPDES permit program was created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1973 as a result of the Clean Water Act passed by Congress. Stormwater runoff is regulated under this program and the program responsibility was delegated to the states. The City of Fort Walton Beach has held the NPDES ms4 permit for approximately 6 years under the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The permit outlines a customized stormwater management plan to be followed by each municipality holding a permit. There are 6 minimum control measures and certain best management practices (BMP’s) to be implemented within each minimum control measure. These include Public Education and Outreach, Public Participation and Involvement, Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination, Construction Site Runoff Control, and Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping.

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1. What is NPDES?
2. Why do we need permit coverage?
3. How is The City of Fort Walton Beach implementing the stormwater management plan?