According to the federal law commonly known as Stormwater Phase II, permits are required for stormwater discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) in urbanized areas and those additionally designated by the Department. The city of Mountain Home< Arkansas is currently completing its MS4 permit requirements and will begin implementing them in 2019.
Urban stormwater can be a significant source ofwater pollution and public health concern, however not all stormwater is polluted. It can be a source of pollution but it is not the only one. As communities continue to grow and develop their local economies, they look for sustainable and effective approaches to reduce these existing and emerging sources of pollution.
Because approximately 90% of the City of Mountain Home’s storm water runs into the White River, it is a significant contributor to the water quality of the White River. In addition, Hicks Creek, which M carries much of Mountain Home’s storm water, has been and is currently on the ADEQ’s 303d (impaired) list of water bodies. According to the EPA, “Polluted stormwater runoff is commonly transported through municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), and then often discharged, untreated, into local water bodies.
To prevent harmful pollutants from being washed or dumped into MS4s, cities are required to develop stormwater management programs (SWMPs). To prevent harmful pollutants from being washed or dumped into MS4s, cities are required to develop stormwater management programs (SWMPs). The SWMP describes the stormwater control practices that will be implemented consistent with permit requirements to minimize the discharge of pollutants from the sewer system.
Part of the SWMP is creating public awareness through educational programs to reduce the amount of urban pollution. According to Arnold Knox, P.E. Director, City of Mountain Home Street Dept. “the City of Mountain Home will be very proactive towards implementation of our MS4, once we get it approv ed. The City realizes that the City and our environment are intertwined and what hurts our environment hurts us. We are always open to new ideas on outreach and enforcement, and would love input into our future progress.
The City of Mountain Home will be actively pursuing the location of any source of pollution in Hicks Creek and will be enforcing the laws to protect it. We even believe Hicks Creek will be entirely off the 303(d) list in the future.”
Storm water-Related Activities
• Adopt-A-Stream Programs
• Reforestation Programs
• Storm Drain Marking
• Stream Cleanup and Monitoring
• Volunteer Monitoring
• Wetland Plantings
As the City of Mountain Home develops and implements its MS4 plans, Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers, NAFF, Trout Unlimited and other groups will all be able to help the City of Mountain Home in various ways to protect water resources and fishing.
Steve Blumreich, President
Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers