Stormwater Management Program
The Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) is a comprehensive plan designed to reduce the discharge of pollutants from the City of Port Angeles separate stormwater system in order to protect local waters.
The plan addresses six minimum control measures, as identified by the EPA and required by the City NPDES Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit. The minimum control measures are as follows:
1. Public Education and Outreach
Provides informative information to the general public, environmental groups and nonprofits including:
- Information booths at the KONP Home Show and Clallam County Fair
- Distribution of the Stormwater Rains newsletter via utility bill mailers
- Providing grade school stormwater education in partnership with Feiro Marine Life Center
- Presentations to local community groups - schedule your group today!
2. Public Participation / Involvement
We want to hear from you! Take a moment to complete our stormwater plan survey.
3. Illicit (illegal) Discharge Detection and Elimination
Identify and reduce spills to protect the environment. Learn more about illicit discharges and how to report a spill, or view Appendix B of the SWMP (PDF) to learn about how the City responds to illicit discharges.
4. Construction Site Runoff Control
Utilizing a permitting process to address runoff from new development and redevelopment.
5. Post-Construction Runoff Control
Maintain and clean new stormwater controls.
6. Pollution Prevention / Good Housekeeping
Yearly inspection of all City stormwater controls such as filter units and detention facilities. The City cleans over 1500 catch basins and sweeps about 10,000 miles of streets each year.
Current Stormwater Regulations
In 1987, Congress amended the Clean Water Act to include stormwater discharges in the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed rules to implement the new stormwater requirements in two phases. The Washington Department of Ecology implements the stormwater rules through municipal stormwater permits. The City of Port Angeles was issued a NPDES Phase II permit on January 17, 2007, authorizing the City to discharge stormwater into receiving water bodies.