Minimum Control Measures

Public Education & Outreach

Distributing educational materials and performing outreach to inform citizens about the impacts polluted storm water runoff discharges can have on water quality. Read more about public education and outreach (PDF).

Controls include:

  • Creating brochures or fact sheets for public distribution.
  • Instituting educational programs for school-age children.

Public Participation / Involvement

Providing opportunities for citizens to participate directly in program development and implementation. Read more about public participation/involvement (PDF).

Controls include:

  • Organization of community clean-ups, storm drain stenciling, outfall monitoring, and citizen watch groups.

Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination

Developing a system to detect and eliminate illicit discharges to the storm sewer system. Read more about illicit discharge detection and elimination (PDF).

Controls include:

  • Informing the public of the hazards of illegal discharges.
  • Locating and testing suspected problem areas for pollution.
  • Promoting recycling programs for commonly dumped wastes.

Construction Site Runoff Control

Developing, implementing, and enforcing an erosion and sediment control program for construction activities. Read more about construction site runoff control (PDF).

Controls include:

  • Appropriate site plan review and inspection of new construction.
  • Require implementation of State and County erosion control regulations.

Post Construction Runoff Control

Creating a program to address storm water runoff from newly developed or redeveloped areas. Read more about post construction runoff control (PDF).

Controls include:

  • Require protection of environmentally sensitive areas (e.g. wetlands).
  • Require recharge of runoff from new impervious surfaces.

Pollution Prevention / Good Housekeeping

This program’s goal is to reduce pollutant runoff from municipal operations. Read more about pollution prevention / good housekeeping (PDF).

Controls include:

  • Regular street sweeping.
  • Reduction in the use of pesticides or street salt.
  • Frequent catch-basin cleaning.