The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has reached a tentative determination to issue an National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit to Baltimore City.
The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has reached a tentative determination to issue an National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit to Baltimore City to control storm drain system pollutant discharges. MDE has drafted a permit designed to comply with the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulations and to control stormwater pollutant discharges from the City's storm drain system. The permit is issued for five years.
Under the conditions of the permit, Baltimore City is required to possess the legal authority to control storm drain system pollutants, continue mapping its storm sewer system, monitor stormwater discharges, and develop and implement comprehensive management programs. The permit also increases impervious area treatment goals, requires the implementation of trash reduction strategies and environmental site design for new and redevelopment projects to the maximum extent practicable. The City is also required to develop and implement plans to address stormwater waste load allocations established under EPA approved total maximum daily loads. Penalties for failure to comply with the terms of the permit are provided.
This permit and a fact sheet may be accessed on MDE's website here: