The City of Munroe Falls is charged with meeting the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s NPDES permit. The NPDES is a permitting mechanism that requires the completion of six minimum control measures (MCM) designed to prevent harmful pollutants from entering local bodies of water through storm water runoff. These measure include:
- Public Education and Outreach: A program to inform individuals, businesses and organizations within the MS4 as to the impact on surface water quality of contaminated storm water discharges and how they can help reduce storm water contamination.
- Public Involvement / Participation: A program to create opportunities for individuals and organizations to participate in the development and implementation of activities to reduce the contamination of storm water.
- Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE): A program to detect and eliminate cross-connection, dumping of wastes or other non-storm water discharges not authorized by a separate NPDES permit.
- Construction Site Runoff Control: A program to require erosion and sediment controls for sites disturbing one or more acres.
- Post-Construction Storm Water Management in New Development and Redevelopment: A program to require the development, implementation and maintenance of controls on sites after development and redevelopment to address storm water issues.
- Pollution Prevention / Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations: A program, including an employee training component, to minimize pollutants from municipal operations such as garages, salt piles, pesticides used for green spaces, etc.
The City of Munroe Falls is working with the Summit County Engineer’s Office, Summit Soil and Water Conservation District, Summit County Health Department, and other government entities to meet EPA’S requirements.