The Clean Water Act, which was enacted in 1982, built the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States to maintain Water Quality Standards for surface waters in the U.S. Section 402 of the Clean Water Act requires that all construction sites on an acre or greater of land, as well as municipal, industrial and commercial facilities discharging wastewater or stormwater directly from a point source (a pipe, ditch or channel) into a surface water of the United Sates (a lake, river and/or ocean) must obtain permission under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. All NPDES permits are written to ensure the Nations’ receiving waters will achieve specified Water Quality Standards.
The Stormwater Discharge Permit is required by Federal and State regulations and is administered by the Kentucky Division of Water. The first step is to submit a stormwater permit application along with a map of your facility that shows structures and use area along with designating sampling points. The required permit form can be found in the helpful resources area on this page.
In addition to the permit a storm water plan must be developed to address sampling and address run off issues at the facility. KFIA has developed a generic plan, which is available to members for $25.00. The plan covers all the required areas and simply needs to have some blanks filled in to adapt to your facility. The plan is used to address any type of water quality issues related to water run off at the facility and needs to be kept up on a regular basis.