New Publication Addresses Stormwater Management, Key National Infrastructure Issue

Mar 13, 2018

March 13, 2018 

NACWA Publication Addresses Stormwater Management, Key Infrastructure Issue Nationwide

New MS4 Permitting Guide Provides Guidance, Analysis for Stormwater Utilities

(Washington, DC) – Recent infrastructure packages proposed by the White House and Senate Democrats note the need for more investment in Stormwater Management practices, raising awareness nationwide for greater investment in stormwater infrastructure.  Stormwater discharges from municipal drainage and conveyance systems — referred to as “municipal separate storm sewer systems,” or “MS4s,” — are regulated across the country through National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permits under the Clean Water Act. As infrastructure needs mount, many cities face significant challenges to reduce stormwater pollution, improve local water quality, and address cost concerns from ratepayers, while still meeting the everyday stormwater management needs of their local communities.

In this environment, NACWA is proud to release a valuable new resource that addresses the crucial intricacies of stormwater permitting:  The MS4 Stormwater Permitting Guide.  As MS4 permits become more complex with each iteration, the Guide is an excellent tool for utility and stormwater professionals either navigating the permitting process for the first time or the expert looking to answer advanced MS4-related questions.

The MS4 Stormwater Permitting Guide is an easy-to-use digital document that can be referred to “as needs arise,” with quick-reference “call-out” boxes, as well as citations and resources to key regulatory and legal sources. The Guide tackles timely and relevant stormwater issues such as permit terms, the Maximum Extent Practical (MEP) standard versus water-quality standards, water quality trading in the context of stormwater, post-construction needs, and more!

For more information on stormwater permitting, related issues or the Guide, please contact Emily Remmel, NACWA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs. Download NACWA’s new MS4 Stormwater Permitting Guide today!



For nearly 50 years, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) has been the nation’s recognized leader in legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy on the full spectrum of clean water issues. NACWA represents public wastewater and stormwater agencies of all sizes nationwide. Our unique and growing network strengthens the advocacy voice for all member utilities, and ensures they have the tools necessary to provide affordable and sustainable clean water for all.  Our vision is to represent every utility as a NACWA member, helping to build a strong and sustainable clean water future. For more information, visit us at www.nacwa.org.


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