Nov. 16, 2015 Today in History:

the Stormwater Phase I Rule

It’s hard to believe, but it was 25 years ago today that the Phase I Stormwater Rule was adopted by the George HW Bush administration’s EPA, with implementation scheduled to begin on December 17th, 1990. Of course, nothing’s perfect, but there has been tremendous progress in addressing illicit discharges to our waterways, polluted runoff from industrial and construction sites, and urban stormwater-related impacts.

So here’s a toast of French Roast coffee (Vive la France!) to all the permittees, inspectors, regulators, engineers, scientists, technicians, citizens, administrators, managers, elected officials, and others working to keep runoff clean.

Vive la Fish!


National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Application Regulations for Stormwater Discharges; Final Rule:

Phase I establishes regulations setting forth National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit application requirements for: stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity; discharges from a municipal separate storm sewer system serving a population of 250,000 or more; and discharges from municipal separate storm sewer systems serving a population of 100,000 or more, but less than 250,000.

Date Published: 11/16/1990