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The City of Henderson has been designated a "small Municipal Separate Storm
Sewer System" (Small MS4 or sMS4) community by the United States Environmental
Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and the Kentucky Department of Water (DOW).
The Henderson Water Utility administers the federal and state regulations
associated with this program.
The MS4 program consists of 6 elements, termed “minimum control measures,” which
are outlined below.
Public Education and Outreach
Distributing educational materials and performing outreach to inform citizens
about the impacts polluted storm water runoff discharges can have on water
Providing opportunities for citizens to participate in program development and
implementation, including effectively publicizing public hearings and/or
encouraging citizen representatives on a storm water management panel.
Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
Developing and implementing a plan to detect and eliminate illicit discharges to
the storm sewer system (includes developing a system map and informing the
community about hazards associated with illegal discharges and improper disposal
Construction Site Runoff Control
Developing, implementing, and enforcing an erosion and sediment control program
for construction activities that disturb 1 or more acres of land (controls could
include silt fences and temporary storm water detention ponds).
Post-Construction Runoff Control
Developing, implementing, and enforcing a program to address discharges of
post-construction storm water runoff from new development and redevelopment
areas. Applicable controls could include preventative actions such as
protecting sensitive areas (e.g., wetlands) or the use of structural BMPs such
as grassed swales or porous pavement.
Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping
Developing and implementing a program with the goal of preventing or reducing
pollutant runoff from municipal operations. The program must include municipal
staff training on pollution prevention measures and techniques (e.g., regular
street sweeping, reduction in the use of pesticides or street salt, or frequent
More information on the EPA's Storm Water Phase II
The Henderson Water Utility's
2003 Water Quality Report (reporting data collected in 2002), a
newsletter mailed to HWU water customers, contains information about the City of
Henderson's sMS4 storm water quality management plan. (You will need
Acrobat Reader to be able to access this report.)
One area of concern for the EPA's Storm Water Phase II program is erosion and
sediment control for construction sites. The Henderson Water Utility
will host a 2-day workshop on November 9-10,
2004 to help local citizens, as well as those involved in the construction
how they will be impacted by the new regulations.
Local volunteers participated in the annual Ohio
River Sweep on June 26, 2004. See the
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