About Stormwater Management

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the primary cause of water quality problems in the U.S. today is not from factories or wastewater treatment plants but rather from “nonpoint source pollution.” Nonpoint source pollution is a result of runoff from rainfall, snowmelt or irrigation that picks up soil and contaminants as it runs over land or under ground, eventually depositing them into surface waters or introducing them into ground water. To specifically address the problem of pollution from stormwater runoff, industries and municipalities across the nation are being required to obtain National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits.

What is the City of Jackson Doing?

The City of Jackson’s Engineering Department has put a Stormwater Management Program into place to comply with the requirements of the City’s Phase II MS4 Stormwater Permit issued by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).

The Stormwater Management Program consists of six required program elements called “minimum control measures.” These measures, when implemented, will help reduce pollutants to our stormwater system, increase public awareness of the problem and improve water quality.

  • Public Education and Outreach
  • Public Involvement and Participation
  • Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
  • Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Controls
  • Post-construction Stormwater Management
  • Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping

The City of Jackson has adopted ordinances and promulgated rules and regulations for the Control of Soil Erosion and Stormwater and the Control of Illicit Discharges to the City Storm Sewer System:

Rules and Regulations for the Control of Soil Erosion and Stormwater

  • Site Development Permit Requirements 
  • Site Development Permit Fees 
  • Erosion and Drainage Control Plan (EDCP) Requirements 
  • Vegetative Impact Evaluation (VIE) Requirements 
  • Stormwater Retention/Detention Requirements 
  • Penalties for Violations 
  • Appeals

Rules and Regulations for the Control of Illicit Discharges to the City Storm Sewer System

  • Prohibit discharges to Stormwater Sewer System 
  • Allowable Discharges to Stormwater Sewer System 
  • Penalties for Violations
  • Appeals 

An Environmental Advisory/Appeals Board was established in 2000 to review and guide the City’s Stormwater Management Program and to hear and rule on all appeals submitted relative to the Stormwater Program.

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