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Northwest StormwaterKatie Teague Jane MaginotKristen Crawley
(479) 444-17552536 N. McConnell Ave.Fayetteville, AR 72704
Southeast StormwaterJefferson County
Kevin Harris870-534-1033500 Idaho St.Pine Bluff, AR 71601
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires that jurisdictions with "urbanized
areas" (such as cities, counties, universities, military bases, etc.) must obtain
permits to better manage their stormwater runoff.
The goal? Improve and protect the quality of our waterways.
When urban stormwater runoff is transported through storm storm sewer systems and
discharged untreated into local waterbodies, it is a called a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s)
No. MS4s have storm drain systems that are separate from their "sanitary sewer" systems. Sanitary sewers carry wastewater from homes
and businesses to a municipal wastewater treatment facility before being discharged
into a local waterway.
Arkansas MS4 operators must be permitted through the Arkansas Department of Environmental
Quality. Their permits require that MS4s develop and implement a stormwater management
program to address six minimum control measures that are expected to result in significant reductions of pollutants discharged into
1) Public Education and Outreach - MS4s inform individuals and households about ways
to reduce stormwater pollution.
2) Public Participation/Involvement - MS4s involve the public in the development,
implementation, and review of an MS4's stormwater management program.
3) Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination - MS4s identify and eliminate illicit
discharges and spills to storm drain systems.
4) Construction Site Runoff Control - MS4s and construction site operators to address
stormwater runoff from active construction sites.
5) Post-Construction Runoff Control - MS4s, developers, and property owners to address
stormwater runoff after construction activities have completed.
6) Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping - MS4s to address stormwater runoff from
their own facilities and activities.
Partnerships are in some counties such as Benton, Washington and Jefferson have been formed among the University of
Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service and city and
county governments and Universities.
In these areas, we have been contracted to carry out the Public Education and Outreach, Public
Participation/Public Involvement minimum control measures along with annual municipal
employee training (within the Municipal Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping minimum
control measure) for local entities affected by these regulations. For more information, contact
one of our water quality agents.
EPA Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Main Page
ADEQ MS4 Stormwater Permitting