Municipal Stormwater Discharge Permit
The City of Colorado Springs was issued a municipal stormwater discharge permit from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on October 12, 1997. The permit regulates the discharge of stormwater runoff from the City to local waterways.
The permit requires the City and Colorado Springs Utilities to develop and implement a wide-range of stormwater management programs to control and limit pollutants in stormwater runoff. These programs primarily impact City and Utilities operations. However, businesses, industries, and homeowners also are affected by the permit programs.
The permit required a review of development code and criteria within the first 5 years of the permit issuance. The review was to focus on evaluating the possibility for additional best management practices (BMPs) for new and post-construction. In response to the evaluation, city code was modified and a Drainage Criteria Manual Vol II was developed which focuses on stormwater quality issuses and BMP's. This impacts all construction sites that disturb greater than one acre of land within the City regardless if it is publicly or privately operated and owned. In addition, the City has developed a stormwater public education program and has enhanced other city programs and activities anticipating a positive impact on water quality.
The Federal Stormwater Permit Program goes beyond municipal permits by also requiring separate stormwater permits for construction operations disturbing one or more acres and for a limited number of industries. Permits for construction operations and industrial facilities are obtained from CDPHE and are not covered under the City's municipal stormwater permit. For more information on the City's permit, please contact the Stormwater Drainage Team at (719) 385-5980.