City of Cape Girardeau Public Works is hosting a public meeting on the city’s MS4 Permit and to distribute information and answer specific questions about water pollution control. All are welcome to attend the open house-style meeting, taking place June 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau.
The meeting will be of particular interest to residents, developers, and contractors who have a vested interest in development and associated regulations for water pollution issues.
Staff on hand will have a slideshow and other information available, emphasizing actions that are required and actions that are suggested to reduce water pollution.
The meeting will not be a forum for discussion of stormwater drainage and flooding issues. The meeting content will specifically be limited to the subject of the MS4 Permit and associated water pollution controls.
For more information, please contact Stan Polivick with City of Cape Girardeau Public Works at 573-339-6351.
About the City’s MS4 Permit
Cape Girardeau is one of over 170 Missouri communities that are required to comply with Federal and State regulations for coverage under the Missouri Phase II MS4 general stormwater permit, as moderated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Water Act. This program requires that the City develop a stormwater program which addresses water quality issues. Phase II is designed to look at nonpoint pollution from all sources. Nonpoint pollution is water that cannot be traced to a single source. Nonpoint sources are sources such as rooftops, paved roads and parking lots. MS4 Phase II requires that the City of Cape Girardeau address the following minimum controls:
- Public education and outreach
- Public involvement and participation
- Illicit discharge detection
- Construction site stormwater runoff control
- Post-construction stormwater management in new development and re-development
- Pollution prevention, good housekeeping for community operations
Typical activities that can cause stormwater pollution include the following, and should be avoided:
- Washing your car with non-biodegradable detergent and chemicals, then allowing water to run down the street drain.
- Performing vehicle maintenance on the street and allowing oil and substances to flow in the street drain.
- Disposing of garden waste in drains, or accumulating leaves and yard clippings in gutters or driveways.
- Dropping litter where it can be washed down outdoor drains during a rain.
- Hosing dirt, soil and other waste from your driveway or sidewalk in to a street drain.
- Leaving behind pet droppings that can be carried to the stormwater system.
- Over-fertilizing grass spaces.