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Minimum Control Measures

According to the Stormwater Phase II Rule, small MS4 owners/operators (The City of Easley is a small MS4) must reduce pollutants in storm water to the maximum extent practicable (MEP) to protect water quality. The regulations specify that compliance with the MEP requirement can be attained by developing a storm water management plan that addresses the six minimum control measures described in the storm water regulations.

One component of the stormwater management program is to select measurable goals to evaluate the effectiveness of individual control measures and the stormwater management program as a whole. Measurable goals allow permitting authorities to assess the effectiveness of storm water controls (know as Best Management Practices or BMPs). These BMPs and measurable goals should be key components of a MS4′s storm water management program.

Through the MS4 general permit, the City of Easley is required to develop a stormwater management plan that incorporates best management practices (BMPs) applicable to our MS4. There are six program components, known as minimum control measures (MCMs), that must be implemented. They are:
 
  • Public Education and Outreach
  • Public Participation and Involvement
  • Illicit Discharge
  • Construction Site Run-Off Control
  • Post-Construction Run-Off Controls
  • Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping
 

The City of Easley makes many efforts to educate and involve the public with Stormwater concerns. The City also partners with neighboring MS4 programs to more effective comply with the far-reaching requirements mandated for these MCMs.  The City is in a partnership under the Anderson and Pickens County Stormwater Partners.

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