Stormwater means stormwater runoff, snow melt runoff, surface runoff and drainage. Stormwater runoff may pick up and transport sediment, oil, and other pollutants. If not managed properly these pollutants can affect the quality of surface waters making them unsafe for drinking, fishing, swimming, or other activities.


Clean Water Act (CWA)

In 1972, Congress passed the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments "to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity" of the Nation's waters. The Clean Water Act (CWA) is a 1977 amendment to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972. The CWA set the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants to waters of the U.S.

National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

The NPDES permit program was introduced in 1972 and regulates discharges to "waters of the U.S." Any discharge from a "point source" into a "waters of the U.S." must have an NPDES permit. Stormwater discharges are regulated by NPDES permits. NPDES permits contains limits on allowed discharges, monitoring and reporting requirements, and other provisions to ensure that discharges do not harm water quality or public health. See EPA website for additional information

Idaho Transportation Division of Highways (ITD) has coverage under three different types of NPDES permits, including: