Storm water discharges are generated by runoff from land and impervious areas such as paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops during rainfall and snow events. Storm water often contains pollutants in quantities that could adversely affect water quality. Most storm water discharges are considered point sources and require coverage by a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. The primary method to control storm water discharges is through the use of best management practices (BMPs).
For information about storm water management at home, visit the Public Interest Center's website.
Ohio EPA’s draft Industrial Storm Water General Permit (OHR000006) has been public noticed for comment, please go here for more information. If your company is a permittee of the current NPDES industrial storm water general permit (OHR000005), this coverage will continue until your company receives a renewal notice from Ohio EPA stating that the general permit renewal (OHR000006) is now available. Permittees of OHR000005 will have up to 90 days from the receipt of that renewal notice to apply for coverage under OHR000006. Since Ohio EPA cannot grant coverage under a NPDES general permit that has yet to be issued, permittees of OHR000005 should not try to renew their permit coverage until OHR000006 is issued final.