In the City's Comprehensive Plan, it provides stormwater infrastructure consistency due to the following:
A combination of practices are required to implement a successful stormwater program. Identifying the most common cause of pollution to our waterways is an important first step. Stormwater runoff is the major source of water pollution. Stormwater can flow over and through streets, lawns, farms, and construction and industrial sites and pick up:
- Many Other Pollutants
- Oil and Grease
Programs to Eliminate Pollution
Because stormwater pollution is caused by so many different activities, traditional regulatory controls will only go so far. The Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) is a federal program designed to help reduce stormwater pollutant discharges to receiving waters of the United States.
Clean Water Act
Section 402 of the Clean Water Act, passed by Congress in 1972, requires all point source discharge of stormwater to be permitted according to the NPDES. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) implements the NPDES Permit Program in Florida.
Phase 1 MS4 Permit
The City of Apopka operates under Phase 1 MS4 Permit issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to Orange County and several entitles operating within in. The permit requires the City to develop and implement a Stormwater Management Program with the goal of reducing the discharge of pollutants into surface waters and protect water quality.
The NPDES permit requires the City to educate the City's residents and businesses on the common causes of pollution and how to prevent them. View our Stormwater Management page for information on how you can keep our waterways free of pollutants.
The Public Services Department manages the Stormwater Management Program within the City. For information related to the Stormwater Management Program, you may contact the City's Water Conservation Specialist at 407-703-1731.