New Stormwater Code
In December 2010, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued to the City of Salem (City) a permit that authorizes discharges from the City’s municipal stormwater system. This permit is a requirement of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program, which is part of the federal Clean Water Act. Among the many provisions in the NPDES municipal stormwater permit is a requirement that the City incorporate new stormwater regulations into the Salem Revised Code.
On November 4, 2013, Salem’s City Council voted unanimously to adopt a new chapter in the Salem Revised Code (SRC), Chapter 71, which specifically addresses stormwater regulations. The new Stormwater Code not only includes the mandated requirements contained in the NPDES municipal stormwater permit, but also consolidates existing local requirements, regulations, and practices related to stormwater management.
The new Stormwater Code will become effective January 1, 2014.
Key provisions in the adopted Stormwater Code:
- Specifies the types of discharges into stormwater systems that are prohibited (such as petroleum products, sewage, and pesticides) and the types of discharges that are permissible (for example, foundation drains, irrigation water, and flows from emergency firefighting).
- Provides requirements for stormwater source controls. Specific types of activities are listed (such as fueling activities or outdoor storage of certain materials) that are required to take additional measures to prevent pollutants from coming in contact with stormwater. These measures can include, for example, placing a roof over a fueling activity or installing a shutoff valve to prevent a spill from a waste oil tank from entering the stormwater system.
- Establishes a consistent set of stormwater regulations for development projects that provides for on-site management of stormwater runoff and clarifies requirements for meeting stormwater flow control and treatment standards.
Read more about the proposed Stormwater Code in the documents provided below.
Additional Information on New Stormwater Code
NEW: Administrative Rules (effective January 1, 2014)
If you have any questions or would like additional information, contact Robert Chandler, Assistant Public Works Director, at 503-588-6008 or Mike Gotterba, Public Information Officer, at 503-588-6211.