Storm Water Management Plan
City of Kent Engineering Division
930 Overholt Drive
Kent, OH 44240

A Storm Water Management Program (SWMP) has been prepared to detail the Action Plan developed for the City of Kent and Kent State University to improve the quality of their storm water discharges. This final SWMP was attached to the joint permit application filed by Kent and KSU to Ohio EPA on March 10, 2003 as required by the USEPA NPDES Storm Water Phase II Rule. This effort for improving storm water runoff quality is required in order to comply with provisions of the Clean Water Act of 1972. The Phase II rule affects thousands of communities nationwide within urbanized areas populations over 10,000, including over 500 cities, villages, townships, counties and institutions in Ohio.

Stormwater pollution from point sources and nonpoint sources is a challenging water quality problem. Unlike pollution from industry or sewage treatment facilities, which is caused by a discrete number of sources, stormwater pollution is caused by the daily activities of people everywhere. Rainwater and snowmelt run off streets, lawns, farms, and construction and industrial sites and pick up fertilizers, dirt, pesticides, oil and grease, and many other pollutants on the way to our rivers, lakes, and coastal waters.  Click here for more information on household hazardous waste recycling.  Stormwater runoff is our most common cause of water pollution. Because stormwater pollution is caused by so many different activities, traditional regulatory controls will only go so far. Education and outreach are key components to any successful stormwater program.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a year-long series of monthly events, each focusing on a different aspect of the Act.  Click here for more information.