Stormwater NPDES Information

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Explore Florida Friendly landscaping practices here.

The Town's fertilizing requirements and restrictions are explained in this bi-lingual flyer.

Lawn watering may only be done once a week during non-daylight savings time season and twice weekly during daylight savings time. Please see the full regulations here (midway down the page).

All residents are encouraged to participate in beach and river clean up projects (International Ocean Conservancy and Keep Indian River Beautiful are two of the major participating agencies). The State requires that we document our efforts to prevent pollution in our waters, so you can help in this effort by keeping us informed of activities that you participate in to keep pollution away, including the International Coastal Cleanup Day, held annually on the 3rd Saturday in September.

The Town of Indian River Shores is required to participate in a statewide program to increase awareness of and reduce pollution caused by stormwater runoff. Here is the presentation given to the residents and Council at the January 2020 meeting.

Some of the pamphlets that have been widely distributed to Town residents explain personal pollution and swales. The Town began its third 5-year cycle of the NPDES program in May 2013, and distributed this Make Your Home the Solution to Stormwater Pollution flyer in mid-2011. The fall 2012 newsletter also has helpful information.

NPDES (Nationwide Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) is designed to monitor and maintain our water quality.

It is well worth your time to gain understanding of the program and how you can help to keep our waters free from pollutants that may be present inside and outside your home.

The following is an excerpt from the State's website on this subject, which may be found at this link:

"In October 2000, EPA authorized the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to implement the NPDES stormwater permitting program in the State of Florida (in all areas except Indian Country lands). DEP's authority to administer the NPDES program is set forth in Section 403.0885, Florida Statutes (F.S.). The NPDES stormwater program regulates point source discharges of stormwater into surface waters of the State of Florida from certain municipal, industrial and construction activities. As the NPDES stormwater permitting authority, DEP is responsible for promulgating rules and issuing permits, managing and reviewing permit applications, and performing compliance and enforcement activities.

Important note: The NPDES stormwater permitting program is separate from the State's stormwater/environmental resource permitting programs (found under Part IV, Chapter 373.441, F.S. and local stormwater/water quality programs, which have their own regulations and permitting requirements."

Residents are encouraged to call (772) 231-1771 or e-mail us with any questions or to report possible illegal dumping or polluting activity.

What's new?

The Old Winter Beach Road project that began in 2018 included not only major improvements to the road surface, but for its drainage as well. A stormwater treatment train is part of this improvement. Please click here for a brief slide presentation that illustrates the Town's Stormwater Plan of Action, and what the stormwater treatment train looks like.

The Town's current Stormwater Newsletter

WE CARE about the Lagoon! Many of our residents and staff are involved in protecting our Indian River Lagoon, and find that nearby Harbor Branch FAU Oceanographic Institute has related events that are both educational and helpful in this effort.

Do you know about flooding hazards? Please check out this informational newsletter.

OTHER RESOURCES: Federal EPA NPDES Florida EPA NPDES Indian River County stormwater information

What does MS 4 stand for? The NPDES stormwater program regulates some stormwater discharges from three potential sources: municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), construction activities, and industrial activities. Operators of these sources might be required to obtain an NPDES permit before they can discharge stormwater. This permitting mechanism is designed to prevent stormwater runoff from washing harmful pollutants into local surface waters.

Diagram: Runoff from roof goes to lawn and gutter, into the street and eventually into local streams, creeks, rivers and lakes.