The Clean Water Act, enforced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program, was designed to control water pollution throughout the United States by regulating point and non-point sources of pollution to our country's waterways. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is tasked on the state level to enforce the US EPA NPDES storm water regulations through a permitting process.  Under the program, the City of Buffalo is required to hold and maintain a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) NPDES Permit. The Requirements of our Permit are to: Provide Public Education and Outreach on Storm Water Impacts        **Learn how storm water runoff can affect water quality and what you can do to help. Online Video: Storm water Runoff  (Let Freddie the Fish teach you about Storm water Run-off!)                                      Provide Public Involvement and Participation Opportunities -  (Attend a Storm Water Board Meeting!) Have an Illicit Discharge and Elimination Program in Place                                                                             Illicit Discharge & Illegal Dumping It is the policy of the City of Buffalo to follow the guidelines of the National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES) permit for its MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) to reduce pollutants to the maximum extent practicable. Illegal Dumping   Not only is illegal dumping unattractive, but it is hazardous. It poses a threat to public health and is expensive. The city and county provide a number of convenient options for solid waste disposal. If you see someone dumping materials illegally, call 911. If you notice illegally dumped materials in Buffalo, call 563.381.2226.   You can also report online at: http://www.iowastormwater.org/en/report_a_concern/  Have a Construction Site Storm Water Run-off Control Program in Place Construction Site Erosion & Sediment Control (COSESCO) Program Many types of urban activities can directly impact the health of Buffalo surface waters. Local developers, contractors, subcontractors and their crews can adversely impact water quality by not properly planning ahead to keep dirt, debris, and other waste materials away from storm drains and local creeks before, during and after construction activities. Federal, State, and Local law implemented by The City of Buffalo, mandates that those who undertake construction activities provide pollution protection at their construction sites.  (Form: COSESCO Permit application) Prevent Pollution through Good Housekeeping Practices and Maintenance of the MS4 System
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