This is a program that was mandated by the federal government. U.S. EPA expanded the Clean Water Program by promulgating storm water discharge regulations for urbanized areas. Ohio EPA has been authorized to implement U.S. EPA's regulations that requires Trumbull County to prepare and implement a Storm Water Management Program (SWMP). The SWMP has to address the following six minimum control measures:
For more in depth information about the Trumbull County Phase II Storm Water Program go to the County website at:
In urban areas, storm water runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over the ground and pick up pollutants along the way. Impervious surfaces in urban areas like driveways, sidewalks, and streets prevent storm water from naturally soaking into the ground, where pollutants may be filtered out. The storm water flows into the storm sewer system and is directed to the local waterways. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the waterbodies we use for swimming, fishing, and providing drinking water. This kind of pollution is called Nonpoint Source Pollution (NSP). This kind of pollution, you can not point your finger at the pollution..
For more information on the Clean Water Act and Nonpoint Source Pollution:
To read more about the pollutants in urban areas:
For more information about storm water check out the following:
Trumbull County Soil & Water Conservation District
Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water