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The objective of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) is to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation's waters. Section 402(p) of the CWA, as amended by the Water Quality Act of 1987, requires NPDES permits for storm water discharges from municipal separate storm sewers (MS4s) to waters of the United States. Section 402(p)(3)(B) requires that permits for MS4s: "(i) may be issued on a system - or jurisdiction-wide basis; (ii) shall include a requirement to effectively prohibit non-storm water discharges into the storm sewers; and (iii) shall require controls to reduce the discharge of pollutants to the maximum extent practicable, including management practices, control techniques and system, design and engineering methods, and such other provisions as the Administrator or the State determines appropriate for the control of such pollutants."

The objectives of this program are to effectively prohibit non-storm water discharges and to reduce the discharge of pollutants to the maximum extent practicable (MEP) such that these discharges will not adversely impact the beneficial uses of our receiving waters. Essentially, the City's ultimate objective is to comply with the federal Clean Water Act and the state Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act.