What does NPDES stand for?
NPDES stands for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. It is a program that was developed in 1972. It was originally put into place to focus on reducing pollutants in discharges from industrial wastewater and municipal sewage. In 1987, there was an amendment called the "Water Quality Act" that established a phased approach to stormwater permitting. Phase 1 was for municipalities with more than 100,000 people and construction activities more than five acres. Phase 2, which took place in May 2003, is for municipalities with less than 100,000 people and construction activities of more than one acre. Port Saint Lucie is under Phase 2.
What is an NOI and where can I get it?
An NOI stands for Notice of Intent. It is required to issue an Engineering Permit for projects greater than one acre. The NOI needs to be filled out and sent to FDEP (Federal Department of Environmental Protection) to work under the Generic Permit for Stormwater Discharge from Large and Small Construction Activities.
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What is a SWPPP, and do I need this when I submit plans?
SWPPP stands for Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan. This plan includes all of the Best Management Practices that the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) recommends. The SWPPP can be submitted alone or all the information from the FDEP's Generic SWPPP must be incorporated into the construction plans.
If I notice any illicit discharges into the St. Lucie River or into the City's drainage system (canals, lakes, ditches), is there a number I can call to report it?
Yes. Call the city's stormwater pollution hotline at (772) 344-4319, 24 hours a day. Any illegal dumping, whether it is oil, paint, dirt, trash, muddy water, etc., can be called into this hotline.