Is Your Arkansas Stormwater Permit Compliant?
Updated: Jul 26, 2019
Have you submitted a Recertification Notice of Intent (NOI)?
Do you have a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)?
Have you updated your Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)?
Avoid potential fines!
The Water Permits Branch is responsible for issuing permits assigned with pollution limits and conditions to protect water quality. Permits are issued as either Discharge or No-Discharge permits. Discharge permits are also called National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. The NPDES permit program is authorized by the federal Clean Water Act. Other permits are authorized through state and federal laws. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has delegated authority to ADEQ to manage the state NPDES permit program. NPDES permits are required for facilities that release treated waste into waters of the state (creeks, streams, rivers or lakes). The NPDES program manages wastewater, construction, stormwater, and pretreatment.
No-discharge permits are authorized under the Arkansas Water and Air Pollution Control Act (Ark. Code Ann. §8-4-101 et. seq.) These permits are issued for activities that are prohibited from resulting in a waste being discharged to waters of the state. This is accomplished by operational controls to prevent a discharge, land application, or sub-surface injection (underground injection control).
The NPDES program relies heavily on self-monitoring and self-reporting by the permittee to determine compliance with effluent limits. Beginning December 21, 2016, Arkansas National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permittees are required to submit discharge monitoring reports (DMRs) electronically using the web-based tool NetDMR.
Enforcement analysts work closely with both representatives of permitted facilities and the public on a daily basis to keep the waters of Arkansas clean and safe for everyone to enjoy. Inspectors make unannounced visits to determine compliance at permitted facilities. If a permitted facility is out of compliance with federal or state laws, it may be subject to an enforcement action.