Stormwater Program

Author:

Teresa BlackburnAdministrative SpecialistCity Engineering

Summary:

The Stormwater permits program protects surface waters from stormwater runoff in urban areas.

Last Updated:

9/18/2012

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permits program comes from the 1972 Federal Clean Water Act and its major amendment the 1987 Water Quality Act. The United States Congress directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to introduce these regulations to protect surface waters from stormwater runoff in urban areas. Urban stormwater runoff is considered to be one of the leading sources of poor water quality due to its tendency to contain heavy concentrations of pollutants from vehicles, buildings, pavement, industry and other urban sources.

Stormwater Jurisdictions and Regulations

There are two stormwater jurisdictions and regulations that communities and owners need to follow. Construction site owners/operators must satisfy both State and City regulations.

  • State Regulations: Information about the Arizona Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (AZPDES) stormwater municipal, construction and industrial programs.
  • City Program: Information about the City of Yuma's stormwater program and regulations.
  • Colorado River Designation as Impaired Water: In its 2006/2008 303 (d) Impaired Waters list, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) designated the Colorado River segment in the City as impaired for low dissolved oxygen and selenium. The impairment has been categorized as "Impaired surface waters where a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) analysis is required." The TMDL will be initiated by ADEQ.

    To meet the requirements of Part V.A.4 of General Permit Number AZG2002-002, the Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) has been modified, by specifying an "Additional Control Measure" (ACM) to address this designation. The intent of this ACM is to reduce the discharge of 303(d)-listed pollutants from the City's stormwater drainage system to the Colorado River.

    One of the prominent features of this designation is the strict requirement of all construction sites that disturb on or more acres and located within 1/4 mile of the River. This requirement calls for Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) to be reviewed and approved by ADEQ before start of construction and 7 days interval inspection of the SWPPP Best Management Practices.

Are You Concerned About a Violation?

If you see any of the following, call (928) 373-4500.

  • Do you have a complaint about dust, sediment, trash or construction debris coming from a construction site?
  • Have you seen someone dumping into the streets or storm drains?

For More Information

For more information about the Stormwater Program, please contact Development Engineering...


Storm drains.

Recent News

 
City Expands Hours Of Dog Park

In response to popular demand, the City of Yuma has expanded hours of operation for its only off-leash park for dogs. Tuesday closures lifted by 3 p.m. Continued... 11/19/2014

City Hall Closed Thanksgiving and Following Friday; Pickups Altered

Residential curbside recycling collection for some homes inside the Yuma city limits will change the week beginning Nov. 24 due to the holiday. Continued... 11/19/2014

Yuma's Riverfront Earns Prestigious Award

Once overgrown with invasive, non-native species and even a dump, Yuma's riverfront has transformed into a network of parks, trails, beaches and wildlife-friendly open spaces. Continued... 11/17/2014

Kayla Holiman Selected as Fire Marshal
Kayla Holiman Selected as Fire Marshal

Kayla has served as Interim Fire Marshal since May of this year following the retirement of Kent Thompson. Kayla is also the City of Yuma's first female Fire Marshal. Continued... 11/14/2014

More Recent News...

Featured Items

 
Recycling
Recycling

The City of Yuma now offers curbside recycling as part of its residential solid waste collection service. Residents may also take advantage of our two convenient drop-off locations. Continued...

Report A Pothole
Report A Pothole

If you notice City of Yuma roadways or sidewalks with dangerous cracks or holes, please let us know. Continued...

Residential Holiday Collection Schedule 2013 - 2014
Residential Holiday Collection Schedule 2013 - 2014

The following Solid Waste Collection schedule is for use during holiday periods throughout the year. Continued...

City logo as link back to home page