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Stormwater and Environmental Regulation

Stormwater Regulation

Stormwater is regulated under the 1972 Federal Water Pollution Control Act, commonly called the Clean Water Act. The Environmental Protection Agency regulates discharges — including stormwater — through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality implements the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System stormwater program in North Carolina. Phase II of the rules requires small municipalities that own and operate separate storm sewers to obtain a permit and implement six minimum measures to reduce stormwater pollutants entering their systems.