The City of Santa Maria Storm Water Management Program is comprised of six components:
- Public Education and Outreach
- Public Involvement and Participation
- Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
- Construction Runoff Control
- Post-Construction Runoff Control
- Good Housekeeping
The first of the six components described in the City of Santa Maria Storm Water Management Program is Public Education and Outreach. The City plans to educate the public about the importance of protecting storm water quality for the benefit of the environment and human health and to ensure greater public awareness and compliance for the storm water management program.
Public education and outreach methods will include:
- Prepare public education and outreach brochures
- Develop a City of Santa Maria storm water website
- Host, attend, and promote storm water pollution prevention at local events
- Facilitate a City Storm Water Hotline
- Develop and promote a children's educational program
- Conduct media (radio and television) campaigns
- Conduct business education and outreach
- Install storm water pollution prevention signage at City park/recreational facilities
- Brand storm water educational materials with the City of Santa Maria storm water logo
- Conduct storm drain labeling
The City plans to raise public awareness about urban runoff pollution through public involvement and participation in the City's Storm Water Management Program. Additionally, the City intends to involve the public in the development and implementation process to secure "buy in" and to generate public support for the City's water quality protection efforts.
Public involvement and participation programs will include:
- Attend public meetings and address storm water pollution prevention
- Facilitate an internal City Storm Water Working Group
- Attend the regularly held Santa Barbara County Association of MS4 Managers meetings
- Conduct watershed stakeholder coordination
- A volunteer drainage cleaning program known as "Project Clean Waterways"
An illicit discharge is defined as "a point source discharge of pollutants to a MS4 which is not composed entirely of storm water and not authorized by an NPDES permit". Discharge sources must be controlled and illegal behavior prohibited.
The City plans to prevent the discharge of pollutants to receiving waters by eliminating illicit discharges to the City's storm water conveyance system. Additionally, the City intends to gain a thorough awareness of the storm drain system ultimately providing better opportunity for determining the types and sources of illicit discharges entering the MS4.
Illicit discharge detection and elimination steps will include:
- Identify and manage non-storm water discharges
- Complete an update to its storm drain system Map
- Conduct illicit discharge/connection investigation and abatement
- Implement a "Mutt Mitt" program
- Adopt a Storm Water Runoff Pollution Prevention Ordinance
- Conduct business and industry inspections for storm water pollution
- Implement a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Statement of Understanding for businesses
- Conduct public education and outreach
The City plans to prevent soil and construction materials and wastes from leaving the site and entering the storm water drainage system,while maintaining a positive working relationship with the development community.
Construction runoff control best management practices will include:
- Revise City Grading and Drainage Plan Standards to include additional requirements for soil and construction waste and material handling
- Revise the City's process of site plan reviews to account for proper management of construction storm water runoff
- Implement a NPDES Compliance Assurance Deposit
- Conduct construction site inspections
- Enforce project conditions of approval and construction site storm water violations
The City will reduce post-construction storm water pollution through better project planning and site design.
Post-construction runoff control best management practices will include:
- Implement a detailed permit review process
- Track innovative storm water design projects
- Adhere to the General Permit Attachment 4 design standards
- Adopt a Post-Construction Storm Water Ordinance
- Prepare and implement a Hydromodification Management Plan
The City will ensure that delivery of public services occurs in a manner protective of water quality. In this way the City will serve as a model to the community.
Good housekeeping best management practices will include:
- Improve storm water pollution prevention techniques associated with municipal operations and maintenance
- Provide storm water pollution prevention training to City staff
- Facilitate the operation of a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility
- Reduce pesticide use
- Update purchasing and contract protcols and boilerplates so they're protective of storm water Improve trash control measures
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