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 U.S. 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 satisfy its MS4 permit.