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Stormwater Monitoring

Brent Bruggeman-
Stormwater Technician
Phone: (937)498-8724

Barry Zerkle– Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent
Phone: (937) 498-8721
Fax: (937) 498-8169

What Is Stormwater?

Stormwater is what occurs following a precipitation event.  Rain or snow falls on the ground and as the water moves downhill over the land it becomes "stormwater".

Why Are We Concerned About Stormwater?

As water moves over yards, streets, house, driveways, etc.., it picks up pollutants and carries them with it.  Most runoff is directed to a storm drain that drains to the river or stream. Thus, any pollutants on the land will be carried to the river potentially harming wildlife and possible drinking water sources.

What Is Being Done About It?

In 1987 Congress amended the Clean Water Act to require the U.S. EPA to establish requirements for storm water discharges. Phase I Stormwater regulations began in 1992 followed by Phase II in 2003.  Phase I regulates industrial activity and municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) with populations of 100,000 or more.  Phase II regulates MS4s serving populations less than 100,000 and construction activities.

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Tips-

What Can You Do?

  — Never allow any chemicals, yard wastes or any other materials to be washed down storm drains. Check out these brochures for more information. Keep pollution out of storm drains. Stormwater Pollution Prvention. Pollution Prevention: The Basics. Cleaning Up Stormwater Runoff.
Brochures- 2017 Annual Report
                            A Homeowner's Guide

  — Do not over apply pesticides and fertilizers, follow directions.

  —  Use slow watering techniques such as soaker hoses.

  —  Compost your leaves, grass clippings, and garden waste.

Additional Information On Stormwater

In August 2006 the City of Sidney submitted its Stormwater Management Plan to the OEPA as one of the requirements to seek coverage under the general stormwater permit. In June of 2009 the City of Sidney received its NPDES Permit allowing it to discharge stormwater. One requirement of the permit is for the city to submit an annual report to the EPA to show the measures we have taken to improve the water quality entering the receiving water bodies. The authority of the storm water management can be found at chapter 919 of the City of Sidney Code of Ordinances. The regulation regarding stormwater utility fees can be found in 918 . More information on stormwater is available at the Ohio EPA’s stormwater web site.

If you would like more information regarding the Stormwater Monitoring Program, ways you can help protect our waterways, or report suspected illegal dumping please contact the Stormwater Technician, Brent Bruggeman at (937)498-8724 or

Annual Stormwater Monitoring Report




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