RESIDENTIAL: DRAINAGE SYSTEM MAINTENANCE

The City assumes responsibility for: drainage ways ON CITY PROPERTY (such as through a City park or under a City street). Individual property owners are responsible for maintaining the drainage systems on their property as well as the free flow of water within the area of the 100-year floodplain limits.  They should not erect solid fences near drainage ditches that would prohibit water flow, and they should regularly check for and remove accumulated debris or man-made obstructions. Improper maintenance should be reported to the City Action Line at:  601-545-4500. It is unlawful for any person to throw, deposit, empty, drain or run into any creek or tributary, their margins, slopes or banks any garbage, rubbish, refuse of any kind.  It is also unlawful for any person to build any structure over any creek, tributary, or any part thereof without first obtaining a permit, this ensures that the structure in no way obstructs the flow of water in the creek or causes an accumulation of debris, logs, trees, trash or any other matter in the creek or its tributaries.

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT

In accordance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and authority granted by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act), the City of Hattiesburg was issued a Stormwater Permit in 2002, for the discharge of stormwater from the City’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4).

In accordance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and authority granted by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act), the City of Hattiesburg was issued a Stormwater Permit in 2002, for the discharge of stormwater from the City’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4). The permit was issued to the City of Hattiesburg by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The permit covers all areas located within the City of Hattiesburg boundaries. It is a requirement of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Phase II Storm Water Rule, which authorizes stormwater discharges from the City’s MS4. The permit also authorizes the discharge of stormwater that is mixed with non-storm water discharges that are in compliance with the permit.

The implementation of the City of Hattiesburg Stormwater Program was a requirement of the Stormwater Permit issued to the City. The permit requires the City of Hattiesburg to continue the implementation and enforcement of its Stormwater Management Program (SWMP). The purpose of the program is to reduce the discharge of pollutants from the MS4 to protect water quality and satisfy the applicable water quality requirements of the Clean Water Act.The program is evaluated annually by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The Stormwater Management Program must be consistent with the requirements found in the City’s Stormwater Permit. Included in the permit are six minimum control measures that guide the direction of the City of Hattiesburg’s Stormwater Management Program:

Public Education and Outreach on Stormwater Impacts

In order to make efforts to control stormwater pollution, individual, household, and public behaviors and activities that can generate pollution must be taken into consideration. These behaviors that have the potential to generate stormwater pollution include:

  • littering
  • disposing of trash and recyclables
  • disposing of pet-waste
  • applying lawn-chemicals
  • washing cars
  • changing and improperly disposing of motor-oil
  • improperly disposing of leftover paint and other household chemicals

It takes individuals to change their behavior and learn proper practices to control pollution make a difference. Therefore it is important to make the public sufficiently aware and concerned about the significance of their behavior for stormwater pollution, through information and education, that they change improper behaviors.

Public Involvement/Participation

The City of Hattiesburg cannot be as effective in reducing stormwater pollution alone. It takes the participation, partnership, and combined efforts of other groups in the community all working towards the goal to reduce stormwater pollution. The point of public involvement is to build community partnerships with interested citizens and groups, to help spread the message on preventing stormwater pollution. This can be done by implementing group activities that highlight storm drain pollution and contribute volunteer community actions to restore and protect local water resources.

Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination

The objective of illicit discharge detection and elimination (IDDE) component of the program is to locate and eliminate potential and existing non-storm water wastes from entering storm sewers from residential, commercial, municipal, industrial and institutional facilities located within the City of Hattiesburg.

Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control

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 like sediment, debris, and chemicals which eventually drain to a nearby storm sewer system. The objective of construction site stormwater runoff control is to develop, implement, and enforce a program to reduce pollutants in any stormwater runoff from construction activities that result in land disturbance.

Post-Construction Stormwater Management in New Development and Redevelopment

The objective of the post-construction stormwater management is the development and implementation of measures used to control the amount of stormwater runoff from new developments.

Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations

The objective of good housekeeping for municipal operations is to ensure that municipalities modify their actions to significantly reduce or eliminate the amount and type of pollution that collects on streets, parking lots, open spaces, parks, and storage and vehicle maintenance areas.

You can help the City of Hattiesburg by identifying and reporting potential sources of stormwater pollution. To report stormwater pollution in your area, call the 601-545-4500.