NPDES National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
NPDES is a National System that has its origins in the Clean Water Act. The Environmental Protection Agency has given most States the authority to administer the program through the use of Generic Permits.
The City of Deltona has one such permit: the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System or, MS4 Generic Permit.
Our storm drains are separate from our sanitary sewer. This means that anything dumped into a storm drain does not get treated and may discharge directly into nearby lakes, streams, or other surface waters, endangering the various species which may call it home.
6 Control Measures to our program:
- Public Education and Outreach as to Stormwater Impacts.
- Public Involvement/Participation.
- Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination.
- Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control.
- Post-Construction Stormwater Management in New Development and Redevelopment.
- Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations.
Deltona then developed Best Management Practices (BMPs) and Measurable Goals to assist in the implementation of these Control Measures. For more information or volunteer opportunities please contact the City of Deltona NPDES Inspector's Office at 386-878-8962.
Nutrient pollution, particularly from nitrogen and phosphorus, has consistently ranked among the primary sources of degradation in some U.S. waters for over a decade.
Excessive nitrogen and phosphorus lead to substantial water quality issues, including harmful algae blooms, hypoxia, and reductions in wildlife and their habitats.
What contribute to nitrogen and phosphorus pollution:
- Overusing fertilizer (residential and agricultural).
- Fertilizer entering waterways through impervious surfaces.
- Septic system overflow.
- Rainfall carrying animal waste to water bodies.
- Urban/suburban runoff from areas without stormwater management.
- Test your turf, avoid wasteful fertilization.
- Keep fertilizer 15ft from water bodies.
- If fertilizer is spilled, swiftly clean up spilled fertilizer.
- Calibrate spreader, prevent overspreading.
- Leave grass clippings for up to 50% nitrogen.
- When mowing, set mower deck for appropriate grass height.
- Avoid fertilizing before bad weather.
- Skip the phosphorus. Use phosphorus only if soil test indicates.
- Use iron supplements for summer lawn greenery.
- Choose suitable plants for your region's conditions.
- Embrace Florida Yards And Neighbors for more landscape guidance.
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These small changes to your garden can affect the water quality of nearby rivers and streams.
- Use fertilizers sparingly and sweep up driveways, sidewalks and gutters.
- Plant ground cover in bare spots in your yard.
- Never dump anything down storm drains or in streams.
- Take your car to the car wash instead of washing it in the driveway.
- Pick up after your pet.
Green Industries-Best Management Practices (GI-BMP) program teaches environmentally safe landscaping practices that help conserve and protect Florida's ground and surface waters.
Download the GI-BMP Informational Brochure.
Visit your local IFAS Extension in Volusia County for more information about FY&N Program in your area.
Learn more about "The Smart Way to Grow" to help preserve Florida's Water Resources.