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Stormwater Quality Program

R.T. Baldwin, RLS
Stormwater Coordinator/Chief Surveyor
City of Lebanon
200 North Castle Heights Avenue
Lebanon, TN 37087
Phone: 615-444-3647 ext. 2318
Fax: 615-444-1515
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The City of Lebanon and Wilson County NPDES Stormwater Quality Program

On March 10, 2003 the City Of Lebanon and Wilson County were required by the State of Tennessee to obtain a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for its discharge of Stormwater run-off through the City's municipal Separate Storm Sewer System. Over the next few years several new programs will come to light relating to stormwater quality as the City takes a larger role in protecting one of our most valuable natural resources.

The Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer System-Phase II, MS4 Program or Stormwater management, is legislated by the U.S. Congress, mandated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and enforced by the Division of Water Pollution Control within the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) through MS4 permits. The program's intent, in Lebanon, is to improve the water quality of all creeks and their tributaries, and to heighten public awareness of the importance of water quality.

All MS4 Programs are required to abide by six 'minimum measures' set forth by the EPA. These 'minimum measures' define the scope of the MS4 Program and contain goals and objectives the City of Lebanon is required to meet in order to satisy its MS4 permit.

These minimum measures are:

Public Education & Outreach Presentations - Distribution of materials on water quality to schools, adults, developers, commercial and industrial users.
Public Participation & Involvement - provide an opportunity for the public to get involved and establish stream clean-up groups, storm drain marking program and volunteer stream monitoring
Creek Clean: Tree Planting:
  • Winfree Bryant Middle School 2013
  • Byars Dowdy Elementary 2013
  • Tree Giveaway 2013-2014
Stream Monitoring:

Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination: An illicit discharge is the discharge of pollutants or non-storm water materials into a storm drain system via an illegal pipe connection or other direct tie-in and also via overland flow or direct dumping into a catch basin or stormdrain. Municipal storm drains are intended to convey storm water runoff to nearby lakes and streams to prevent flooding, but they are not intended to carry flow from sources such as sanitary sewers, septic systems, carwashes, laundromats, or other similar sources. Illicit discharges are a problem because stormwater generally flows to a river, pond or stream without any additional treatment, unlike wastewater or sewage which flows to a wastewater treatment plant. Dumping anything other than storm water into a storm drain is illegal and considered an illicit discharge. 

Sources of Illicit Dicharge:
  • Construction run-off
  • Sanitary wastewater (sewage)
  • Septic tank waste or overflows
  • Car wash, laundry, and industrial wastewaters
  • Improper disposal of auto and household toxics, such as motor oil, antifreeze, and pesticides
  • Spills on roadways and other accidents
If you wish to report an illicit discharge or have other concerns related to stormwater,
Or use our hot line: 615-257-2228.  Callers will remain anonymous.

What is a violation versus an emergency?
An environmental violation occurs when an activity or an existing condition does not comply with an environmental law or regulation. Environmental violations can include (but are not limited to):
smoke or other emissions from local industrial facilities;
  • tampering with emission control or air conditioning systems in automobiles;
  • improper treatment, storage, or disposal of hazardous wastes;
  • exceedances of pollutant limits at publicly-owned wastewater treatment plants;unpermitted dredging or filling of waters and wetlands;
  • any unpermitted industrial activity; or late-night dumping or any criminal activity including falsifying reports or other documents.

An environmental emergency is a sudden threat to the public health or the well-being of the environment, arising from the release or potential release of oil, radioactive materials, or hazardous chemicals into the air, land, or water.

Examples of environmental emergencies include:

  • oil and chemical spills,
  • radiological and biological discharges, and
  • accidents causing releases of pollutants

These emergencies may occur from transportation accidents, events at chemical or other facilities using or manufacturing chemicals, or as a result of natural or man-made disaster events. If you are involved in or witness an environmental emergency that presents a sudden threat to public health, please CALL 911, WILSON COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY or TENNESSEE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY, 

Surrounding Community Contacts:

Construction Site Runoff Program: Revision of zoning ordinance, establishment of Soil Erosion Control Plan review and procedures policy and establish policies and procedures whereby public input regarding water quality issues can be received.

Post Development Runoff: 
 Develop master plans, area plans and zoning overlays to guide growth in areas with water quality impairment and develop construction standards for creation of detention basins, waterway buffers, riparian zones, enhancing percolation of stormwater runoff into underlying aquifiers for ground water recharge and open space design.
For more information see: Ordinances for Post-Construction Runoff

Pollution Prevention & Good Housekeeping:Develop operations and maintenance program for City employees to reduce pollutant runoff into storm sewer systems, expand existing recycling programs in order to maximize solid waste reduction and pollution prevention. Develop visual inspection procedures of waterways to reduce floatables and pollutants.  For more information see: Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping fo Municipal Operations

Application Links:

The first, EPA’s new How's My Waterway App, helps users find information on the condition of local waters quickly using a smart phone, tablet, or desktop computer.  The app uses your current location with GPS technology (or you can search for the zip code or city of your choice) and shows the assessment status and reported condition of the nearest streams. 

The second, Riverview was developed in a partnership with EPA and nonprofit Below the Surface.  This app gives you an active role in monitoring the health of your waterways by allowing anyone to post and view photos of rivers and comment on them using social media.  

Stormwater Outreach Materials and Reference Documents:

Related Stormwater Links:

Stormwater is water, after it is no longer considered
rain, hail, sleet, ice, or snow that is on the move.

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