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Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination in Storm Drains Manual - Part 1

Mark P. Rossow, Ph.D, PE Retired

Provisions of the 1987 Clean Water Act require National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for storm water discharges. Section 402 (p)(3)(B)(ii) of the law requires that permits for municipal separate storm sewers (MS4s) shall include a requirement to prohibit problematic non-storm water discharges into storm sewers. Thus affected agencies must identify and locate sources of non-storm water discharges into storm drains so that appropriate actions for their elimination may be instituted. To provide support and guidance, primarily to Phase II NPDES MS4 communities, for the establishment of Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) programs, the Environmental Protection Agency funded the development of a manual, “Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination, A Guidance Manual for Program Development and Technical Assessments.” The manual also has applications for Phase I communities looking to modify existing programs and for groups such as watershed organizations that are interested in watershed restoration activities. This course is based on the first 10 chapters of the manual, which focuses on the major considerations needed to begin an IDDE program.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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