Our municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) discharges stormwater into more than 30 waterways and wetlands within the Municipality of Anchorage (Municipality) and in State of Alaska rights-of-way owned or operated by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF). The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program originated under section 402 of the Clean Water Act (CWA, 33 USC §1251), which requires that pollutant discharges to surface water be authorized by permit. Together, the Municipality and the DOT&PF are authorized to do so through an Authorization to Discharge under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. This authorization, Alaska Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (APDES) Permit No. AKS 05255-8, is effective from August 1, 2015 to July 31, 2020. The Term III APDES permit required an update to the Quality Assurance Plan (QAP).
The APDES Permit also allows discharge of certain non-stormwater flows, as well as stormwater discharge associated with industrial activity and construction. It outlines compliance responsibilities, limitations, and the requirement of a Stormwater Management Program. The permit incorporates a schedule for compliance, and outlines strict monitoring, record keeping, and reporting requirements. Civil, administrative, and even criminal penalties can apply if the conditions of the permit are not met.
2016 Annual Meeting
The 2016 APDES Annual Meeting will be held on March 1st from 9:15 AM to 1:30 PM at the BP Energy Center. Reminders have been sent out in the coming days to to people who attended last year and other interested parties. This year the format for the meeting will be an open house and will include poster display session with multiple breakout discussions on permit related topics. An agenda for the meeting will be posted on this website a couple of weeks prior to the meeting. If you would like more information on the 2016 Annual Meeting, please contact us at 907-343-8135.
Read our 2015 APDES Annual Report for more detailed information about the permit and actions taken to meet permit requirements. The 2015 Annual Report was submitted to the Alaska Department of Conservation on February 16th, 2016. Last year's annual report can be found HERE.
|2015 APDES Annual Report||2 MB|
|2015 APDES Annual Report Certification Documents||3 MB|