Storm Water Quality Overview
Texas operators of small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4s) that have storm water discharges to waters of the United States are required to develop and implement a Storm Water Management Program (SWMP) and apply to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for a storm water discharge permit. The SWMP must be developed to prevent pollution in storm water to the maximum extent practicable and effectively prohibit illicit discharges to the system. Examples of illicit discharges include the dumping of materials or chemicals into the storm drain. Putting anything into the storm drain system is illegal and subject to fines. Just one quart of motor oil can ruin the quality of 250,000 gallons of water. Decomposing leaves and grass clippings can cause large amounts of algae to grow, which depletes the oxygen level in the water and can lead to fish kills. The blowing, sweeping or dumping of grass clippings and other pollutants down the storm drain is against Texas State Law, punishable by a fine of $5,000 for each offense. PLEASE CALL SEVERN TRENT AT 281-398-8211 TO REPORT OFFENDERS.
Willow Fork Drainage District and the Cinco Municipal Utility Districts in its boundaries are small MS4 operators covered by the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit No. TXR040000. The participating Districts include: Willow Fork Drainage District, Cinco Municipal Utility District No. 2, Cinco Municipal Utility District No. 3, Cinco Municipal Utility District No. 5, Cinco Municipal Utility District No. 6, Cinco Municipal Utility District No. 7, Cinco Municipal Utility District No. 8, Cinco Municipal Utility District No. 9, Cinco Municipal Utility District No. 10, Cinco Municipal Utility District No. 12, and Cinco Municipal Utility District No. 14. Willow Fork Drainage District is the overall administrator for the jointly prepared SWMP which is designed to address storm water quality management issues typical of a developed residential community.
In support of the storm water management program, Willow Fork Drainage District is working on a pilot project for the Diversion Channel which is designed to provide water quality enhancements.
Local Scouts help increase public awareness by installing inlet markers.