Water pollution can come from many different sources. One of these is untreated runoff after a rain storm from streets, construction sites, parking lots and private driveways, among others, which goes directly into storm drains and eventually into our local rivers and streams. To protect its citizens from this pollution, Johnson City has developed a program that seeks to manage stormwater runoff before the runoff enters the Watauga River and its tributaries.
Federal and state governments are also requiring certain cities and towns to comply with mandates for minimizing stormwater runoff. Johnson City is one of those cities. Stormwater management is required by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act of 1972. Johnson City has a Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit , which allows Johnson City to discharge stormwater from its drainage system into nearby rivers and streams.
The MS4 permit requires five (5) minimum program areas:
1) Public Education and Outreach and Public Involvement and Participation
2) Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
3) Construction Site Stormwater Runoff
4) Permanent (Post-Construction) Stormwater Management in New Development and Redevelopment
5) Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations