Hopefully many of you were able to attend the 11th Annual Indiana MS4 Meeting that was held Tuesday, May 15th, at the Marriott East Hotel. If you were not in attendance - or were and just want a summary of some things that went on - here are a few important takeaways:
If you are an Indiana MS4, under 327 IAC 15-13 (Rule 13), you are required to submit to IDEM your Annual Report that provides an update on the progress that has been made in developing and implementing your local stormwater program. This update includes information on the following six Minimum Control Measures:
Stormwater runoff from construction activities can have a significant impact on water quality. As stormwater flows over a construction site, it can pick up pollutants such as sediment, debris, and chemicals and transport these to a nearby storm sewer system or directly to a river, lake, or coastal water. Polluted stormwater runoff can harm or kill fish and other wildlife. Sedimentation can destroy aquatic habitat, and high volumes of runoff can cause stream bank erosion. Debris can clog waterways and potentially reach the ocean where it can kill marine wildlife and impact habitat.