In 1997 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) that had, as of 1990, applied only to medium and larger municipalities. By 2003, smaller jurisdictions began to be required to obtain permit coverage and Brooksville was issued permit coverage on August 2, 2004. This permit coverage was renewed August 18, 2010. Under “Phase Two” of the program, the City is required to meet certain Minimum Control Measures and establish Best Management Practices (BMP) to meet those control measures. We must implement BMPs to meet all six Minimum Control Measures within five years, reporting annually on our progress.
The first of the Minimum Control Measures is to develop a Public Education and Outreach program- which is what we are doing now, in addition to our public and employee education campaigns and mailings.
The second, Public Participation and Involvement is where we intend to create the advisory and citizen volunteer groups, tracking participation in our FDEP reports.
Third is the Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Program. The City intends to inventory and map all known outfalls, labeling them, submitting a summary in year two, and completing the inventory and mapping by year 4. In year 5, we intend to submit a finalized map to FDEP which will include the depiction of all waters of the state that receive discharge from the City. We intend to draft regulations establishing the City’s authority to control connections to and illegal dumping into the storm sewer system, conduct inspections and conduct appropriate enforcement. By year three of the permit we plan to enact and implement an ordinance.
Fourth is Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control, and we intend, throughout the 5 year process, to review permitting policies to ensure that erosion and sediment controls at construction sites are in place and enforced, see that an erosion and sediment control plan becomes part of the construction site plan process and then monitor compliance. We also intend to train and certify a staff person(s) under the FDEP Stormwater, Erosion and Sedimentation Control Inspector Training Program.
The fifth, Post Construction Stormwater Management responsibilities will be assumed by the Water Management District.
And, lastly, sixth, is to develop and implement a Municipal Operation Pollution Prevention/Control and Good Housekeeping program for the City’s internal procedures that have the potential to impact stormwater quality. The City’s intention is to continue with our public education, outreach and volunteer programs. Identify financially feasible alternatives to reduce pollutants at municipal sites, track and record the number of basins cleaned and debris removed from ditches, retention ponds and catch basins, as well as our City streets.
For a full copy of the City “Notice of Intent to Use Generic Permit for Discharge of Stormwater from Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System”, or to participate in a City education/volunteer program, contact Jon Dowler, Project Coordinator, at the Department of Public Works, 600 S Brooksville Ave, Brooksville, FL 34601; Phone (352) 540-3860, fax (352) 544-5470.