Industrial Stormwater Pollution in MS4 Areas
It is illegal to discharge polluted stormwater to surface waterbodies. Many industrial business owners overlook their site’s potential to pollute surface waters because their stormwater drains to a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4). Unlike combined storm and sanitary sewers, MS4’s discharge untreated stormwater to surface waters.
If you are an industrial facility in NYC, you should be aware that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is beginning to crack down on the stormwater run-off regulations. There have been an increasing number of MS4 violations issued in areas including but not limited to Jamaica, Staten Island, and Brooklyn along the coast. Click here to see NYC’s map of MS4 areas. In the NYC area, stormwater violations are often accompanied by a lawsuit from an environmental advocacy group.
Is your Industrial Facility polluting stormwater in MS4 areas?
You are connected to a combined-sewer system
If all of the stormwater runoff from your industrial facility discharges to a combined sewer system, then your facility is exempt from complying with the MS4 regulations.
You are NOT connected to a combined-sewer system
If stormwater runoff from your industrial facility does not discharge to a combined sewer system, there are three different options for your facility to comply with the MS4 regulations.
If you received a Notice of Violation, or a lawsuit from the “River/Bay Keeper”, please give Walden a call, and our stormwater experts can help you comply with the MS4 regulations!
Long Island/ NYC – (516) 624-7200
Capital District – (518) 698-3012
Hudson Valley – (845) 253-8025