National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
Phase II Permit
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program, established under section 402 of the Clean Water Act of 1972, provided the framework to regulate point sources of pollutants to receiving streams. The NPDES program established a comprehensive two-phase approach to managing stormwater discharges. Phase I of the program required permits for municipal separate storm sewers (MS4s) serving populations greater than 100,000 people and for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activities. Phase II requirements of the NPDES program applied to all non point source discharges of stormwater from small MS4s with populations less than 100,000. Implementation of the NPDES phase I and II permitting program was delegated to the NC Division of Water Quality (DWQ), which designated that Concord be brought into the program as an owner of an MS4. Concord received their Phase II permit from DWQ in July of 2005, which must be renewed every five years. Annual reports are available to the public upon request.
To meet the conditions of its Phase II permit, Concord was required to develop and implement a stormwater management program that includes the following minimum control measures (MCMs):