Storm Water Management Plan
Kingsbridge MUD Board of Directors adopted its Storm Water Management Plan (SWMP) in February, 2008 as required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), and in conjunction with the Federal Clean Water Act – Phase II.
Kingsbridge MUD is deemed a Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (Small MS4) by TCEQ in which certain practices and control measures are required to be implemented throughout the District. These practices and control measures have the intent of eliminating point sources of pollution entering the storm sewers, open drainage ditches and into the receiving channels that drain into Waters of the U.S. Measures that will help eliminate sources of pollution of the District’s storm water can be separated into two categories called Best Management Practices (BMPs): Non-structural and Structural.
What is the Federal Clean Water Act – Phase II?
The Federal Clean Water Act is the primary federal law in the United States governing water pollution. Passed in 1972, the act established the goals of eliminating releases of high amounts of toxic substances into water, eliminating additional water pollution by 1985, and ensuring that surface waters would meet standards necessary for human sport and recreation by 1983. Phase II implemented new storm water regulations to control the impacts of storm water runoff through the issuance of discharge permits under the Clean Water Act. Building upon the existing storm water program, Phase II requires municipal storm sewer systems serving populations under 100,000 that are located in urbanized areas to obtain a Nation Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) permit under the Clean Water Act. The Phase II permitting program has been structured for maximum flexibility. Focusing on “Best Management Practices” (BMPs) each permittee will be able to select those options resulting in the most common sense, cost-effective plan for reducing storm water runoff on a case-by-case basis.
Public Outreach – Residents, homeowners and patrons of the District’s numerous businesses are reminded that how you dispose of unwanted items (curbside trash, grass clippings, plastic bags, fast food articles, etc.) has a direct impact on what enters the storm sewers and drainage ways for conveyance to Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. It may be as simple as carefully filling your trash bin and recycling bin for pick-up. Or it may mean establishing a compost box in the yard for grass clippings and leaves – don’t sweep them down the inlets!
And by all means – no draining of auto fluids, paints or chemicals into a curb inlet or manhole! Collect these household hazardous wastes items in a sealable container, and take them to an approved Fort Bend County or Houston area center (see the links http://www.co.fort-bend.tx.us and http://www.recycleinfo.org/2012-Recyclables-Home.html ). These centers are glad to take this stuff off your hands.
All commercial and residential developments (and redevelopments of existing lands in the District) are required by the District’s SWMP to formulate and submit an individual storm water management plan that is site–specific for each development.
Your District board reviews each plan to ensure that the BMPs selected will provide the most efficient removal of site-generated pollutants from District storm sewers.
By 2013, the District will be implementing some structural BMPs at selected large storm outfalls into Keegans Bayou and Sugar Grove Detention Pond, with the expectation of capturing “floatables” (plastic bottles, foam cups, bags and sandwich boxes) prior to their entering the waterway and forming a bathtub ring along the banks.