NPDES Program

Review and comment on the 2018 Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) from Feb. 5 through March 19

The Washington State Department of Ecology requires an annual review and update to the Stormwater Management Plan, which focuses on 7 major elements/components of our NPDES Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit. On Feb. 5, the Draft 2018 Stormwater Management Plan will be presented to City Council for review and will be open for public review and comment through March 19. At the March 19 Council Meeting, there will be opportunity for the public to comment on this plan prior to adoption by the City Council. 

Draft of the 2018 Stormwater Management Plan


National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System is a permit based water quality program implemented under the authority of the Federal Clean Water Act, enacted by Congress in 1972. The primary goal of NPEDES is to reduce the amount of pollution that reaches streams, lakes, wetlands, oceans, and all other water bodies by regulating stormwater runoff. In Washington, the NPDES –delegated permit authority is the Washington State Department of Ecology. The city of University Place is designated as a Phase II community and must comply with Ecology’s Western Washington Phase II NPDES Municipal Stormwater Permit.  

The permit allows municipalities to discharge stormwater runoff from municipal drainage systems into the State’s water bodies (i.e., streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, etc.) as long as municipalities implement programs to protect water quality to the “maximum extent practicable” through application of Best Management Practices. These required practices, specified in the Permit, are collectively referred to as the Stormwater Management Program (SWMP).

The Permit requires the City to report annually by March 31st of each year on program implementation for the prior year and requires municipalities to update the (SWMP) to describe the actions planned to achieve and maintain permit compliance in the upcoming year.

The Permit has 5 major components that the City is required to focus on and they are described under each tabbed section below.

1. Educational Outreach Program
2. Public Involvement & Participation
3. Detect & Eliminate Pollution
4. Construction & Development
5. Operation & Maintenance