Ten years after receiving its first storm water permit, the city of Glasgow is taking tangible steps to develop a state-approved storm water management plan, which will lead to new city projects and a new annual bill for property owners.
On Tuesday, Nov. 27, Glasgow City Council passed on first reading an ordinance establishing the city’s storm water management program, a storm water management fund and an annual fee for local property owners. The council expects the ordinance to be fully approved upon its second reading on Dec. 11. The storm water management program addresses how the city will accomplish federally mandated standards of reducing and controlling storm water pollution within Glasgow city limits.
Storm water encompasses all runoff from rain or melting snow that does not immediately soak into the ground, according to the Kentucky Division of Water’s definition. The Environmental Protection Agency’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) works to control storm water pollution, which is considered a “nonpoint-source pollutant.” When the EPA initiated its NPDES storm water program, it mandated that Phase II jurisdictions, which includes the city of Glasgow, come into compliance with new EPA laws by 2008.
Storm water gets polluted by anything residents dump into storm drains or onto pavement or yards that then flows into a storm drain. Seemingly harmless actions taken by residents, such as disposing of yard clippings in a drainage ditch or washing a car in a driveway so the soap runs off into a drain, lead to pollution of streams, rivers and lakes, and flooding. Storm water flows directly into the waterways without being treated, allowing for pollution. When the storm drains are clogged, flooding ensues and the waterways are not replenished.
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