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About Us

The Franklin County Stormwater collaborative was formed in 2014 by the City and Town of St. Albans and the Northwest Regional Planning Commission to educate and encourage residents to get personally involved in reducing stormwater pollution. This effort is conducted as part of the public education and outreach measures required by Federal Environmental Protection Agency storm water system permits.

Franklin County Stormwater uses this website, print and other media outlets to distribute messages linked to specific stormwater problems, such as proper pet waste disposal, minimizing debris from home projects, proper disposal of toxic chemicals, safer car washing, reducing erosion, and over fertilization of lawns and gardens. In addition, educational events will be offered to raise awareness and encourage area residents to get personally involved in reducing stormwater pollution in the Lake Champlain watershed.

 

Regulating Stormwater in St. Albans
Under the 1987 Clean Water Act Amendments, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed new regulations to address stormwater impacting water quality with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permitting program. The NPDES stormwater program regulates point source discharges of stormwater into surface waters of the State of Vermont from certain municipal, industrial and construction activities.

As of December 2012, this program has designated the City and Town of St. Albans as MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) communities. This MS4 designation requires each community to file a five year Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) which responds to six “Minimum Control Measures.” The communities are obligated to file an annual report describing the stormwater management activities completed each year.

Both municipalities have developed a plan to improve stormwater management over the next five years. The City and Town are working together on a public outreach and education program with Northwest Regional Planning Commission to address the first two required elements of the regulation below.

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