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News and Updates

  • RIDEM/OWR has completed a review of the year eleven (2014) MS4 Annual Reports. Click here to see the results.
  • Status of MS4 General Permit reissuance: No updates at this time.

Stormwater Coordinators

Each MS4 has designated one person to be their Stormwater Coordinator. For a list of contact, please visit: MS4 Stormwater Coordinators List

** If the designated Stormwater Coordinator for your MS4 has changed, please notify RIDEM of the name and contact information of the new stormwater coordinator ASAP by emailing Jennifer Stout of the RIPDES Program at jennifer.stout@dem.ri.gov. **

Importance of Record Keeping and Tracking

While many MS4s may be completing some of the required measurable goals, there is a general lack of record keeping, tracking, and documentation that prevents some MS4s from demonstrating compliance with the MS4 General Permit. Not only does setting up a system for record keeping and tracking help with compliance, it can also help an MS4 understand its day-to-day operations and use that information for future planning and resource allocation. It provides valuable information to Town Councils to help appropriate the needed funding to perform the required operations for stormwater management and maintenance.

Operations & Maintenance ...of MS4-Owned Systems:

The 2003 MS4 General Permit requires MS4s to identify all structural BMPs, and develop schedules for inspections, cleaning and repair of structural BMPs, detention/retention basins, storm sewers and catch basins with appropriate scheduling given intensity and type of use in the catchment area. The MS4 must at a minimum incorporate all permit requirements and maintenance specifications of the particular BMP. Maintenance schedules must address issues related to the performance of BMPs observed during their inspection. The operator must make changes to the frequency of maintenance of structural BMPs when dry weather surveys of outfalls and inspections of the system and BMPs reveals that the maintenance frequency is not adequate. The operator must maintain records on inspections and maintenance performed on structural BMPs

...of Privately-Owned BMPs:

The 2003 MS4 General Permit required MS4s to identify existing storm water structural BMPs discharging to the MS4 with a goal of ensuring their long term O&M of the BMPs. As part of the post-construction program MS4s are also required to develop and implement procedures with a goal of ensuring the long-term O&M of BMPs constructed for new land development and re-development. MS4s must also implement strategies to help ensure that future O&M responsibilities are clearly identified. Procedures tracking required O&M actions for site inspections and enforcement of the O&M of structural BMPs.

Outfall Mapping

In accordance with the 2003 MS4 General Permit, Rhode Island MS4s were required to identify, locate, and map all outfalls from their stormwater system that discharge to waters of the state. RIDEM has taken the data provided by the MS4s and created a GIS layer with the outfall information. To view the data, click the following link: http://arcg.is/1MbuiEP.

** If the outfall data for your municipality/MS4 is missing or incorrect, please contact Paul Jordan at paul.jordan@dem.ri.gov to provide the most current and accurate data. **

Construction Site Environmental Results Program (ERP)

The Construction Site Stormwater Compliance Program is a self-certification program for construction site owners/operators using ERP tools to ensure that all sites are adequately installing and maintaining stormwater best management practices. The RI DEM Office of Customer and Technical Assistance (OCTA) has developed this program to help MS4 operators meet the requirements of the small MS4 General Permit and allow them to reduce the number of times they are required to inspect a site during the construction activity.

RI NEMO Public Education and Outreach Program

Once again the RI Department of Transportation (DOT) has partnered with URI's Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO), and RIDEM to provide Stormwater Phase II Public Education, Outreach, Participation, and Involvement training. This agreement was signed in March 2014. Specific workshops and training sessions can be found on URI NEMO's website. All MS4s and municipalities are encouraged to participate in this program by attending all workshops and trainings and applying the tools and skills learned to your local stormwater program.

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