Applying for a Michigan General Storm Water Permit
MDEQ Permits for General Storm Drainage Systems
in Phase I and Phase II Communities
In accordance with rules issued by USEPA, municipalities and other
public bodies that operate a separate storm water drainage system
within the U.S. Census defined urbanized area will be required to
apply for a permit by March 10, 2003 to maintain authorization to
discharge storm water. Municipalities in Michigan will have two
permit options for permit coverage of separate storm water drainage
additional details on these options, click here.
The two permit options MDEQ is offering for discharges from separate
storm water system are summarized below.
- Jurisdictional storm water general permit (Permit No. MIS040000).
(The reader should check the MDEQ
web site for the latest information on the status of this
permit). This traditional general permit contains prescriptive
storm water control measures that will be required within the
jurisdiction of the permittee. These include requirements for
public education and public involvement, illicit discharge elimination,
construction and post construction storm water controls, and good
housekeeping and pollution prevention practices for municipal
- Watershed-based storm water general permit (Permit No. MIG610000).
This is the watershed based General Storm Water Permit being implemented
in the Rouge River Watershed. To
view the application for this permit and the permit itself, click
here. This permit is final and currently available across
the State. Although the watershed based General Storm Water Permit
addresses the same basic requirements as the traditional general
permit described above, the watershed based permit provides much
greater flexibility in how these basic requirements (public education
and public involvement, illicit discharge elimination, construction
and post construction storm water controls, and good housekeeping
and pollution prevention practices for municipal operations) are
selected and implemented. The watershed based General Storm Water
Permit also requires cooperative interaction with other public
bodies outside the permittees jurisdiction. This cooperative approach
is designed to accomplish storm water quality improvements watershed-wide,
and provides an added benefit of cost sharing for some storm water
controls. Watershed-wide controls means that many public bodies
that discharge storm water to the same river or lake develop controls
together, and implement them as part of a coordinated strategy.
The Application for the General Storm Water
Click here for
the MDEQ application for the Watershed Based General Storm Water
Permit (Permit No. MIG610000). This is the Permit option being
implemented in the Rouge River Watershed. It is final and currently
available across the State. Click on the following to view example
applications for MDEQ Watershed Based General Storm Water Permits
County and Canton.
Assistance in Completing the Application for
the watershed based General Storm Water Permit
The Rouge Project, working with MDEQ, the communities and agencies
in the Rouge River Watershed have developed extensive guidance material
for use in completing an application for the watershed based General
Storm Water Permit. To view that information, see Michigan
General Storm Water Permit.
At that location are the following:
- a full description of the permit,
- the information to be submitted with the Application,
- information to be submitted during the life of the permit,
- links to extensive guidance documents prepared by MDEQ and/or
the Rouge Project
- example applications for the permit
- example submissions for the Illicit Discharge Elimination Program
- example submissions of the Public Education Program (PEP)
- example information on the Storm Water Pollution Prevention
- MDEQ SWPPI Template and Checklist
- other related information.
Last Updated: 7/16/02
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The Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration
Project is funded, in part, by the United States Environmental
Agency (EPA) Grants #XP995743-01, -02, -03, -04, -05, -06, -08 and