Stormwater Information

On February 24, 2015 the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) issued a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit to the City of Copperas Cove. The city is permitted as a MS4 Phase II Level 2 (population from 10,000 to 40,000).

This permit is for 5 years, and in July 2019 a new permit application was made to TCEQ.

This permit requires that goals are established to reduce storm water pollution to creeks, rivers, streams, and lakes.

As part of this general permit, the City of Copperas Cove has prepared and implemented a five-year Storm Water Management Plan (SWMP) detailing efforts we will take to prevent and reduce storm water pollution.

The City of Copperas Cove’s SWMP focuses on five minimum control measures (MCMs):

PUBLIC EDUCATION, OUTREACH, and INVOLVEMENT

The MS4 is required to develop, implement, and maintain a public education and outreach program to distribute information to the community about impacts of stormwater discharges on water quality, the hazards associated with illegal discharges and the improper disposal of waste, and steps the public can take to reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff.

William/Ledger School Presentation – Feb 2020

Inlet Marker

School Outreach Event

Waterway Cleanup – South Park

Waterway Cleanup – South Park

Eco Harvest 2019 MS4 Table.

– School presentations, business outreach, waterway cleanups

ILLICIT DISCHARGE DETECTION and ELIMINATION

The MS4 must develop, implement, and enforce a program to detect and eliminate illicit discharges.

Used oil

Used oil spilled in a driveway. Collect your used oil and dispose of properly.

Leaves blocking a city storm water grate. Please clean up your leaves.

Conduct drainage segment and inlet box inspections

Inspect neighborhoods and commercial areas

Enforce the city storm water ordinance

Please report any illegal discharges or dumping in the waterways to:

Storm Water Compliance 254-547-2168

CONSTRUCTION SITE STORM WATER RUNOFF CONTROL

The MS4 is required to develop, implement, and enforce a program to reduce pollutants in any stormwater runoff to the small MS4 from construction activities disturbing greater than or equal to one acre of land (including smaller sites that are part of a larger common plan of development), through the development of an ordinance (or other regulatory mechanism) to require erosion and sediment controls, as well as sanctions to ensure compliance, and procedures for site plan and public comment review.

Inlet Protectors

Conduct construction inspections and enforce the city storm water ordinance.

POST-CONSTRUCTION STORM WATER MANAGEMENT

The MS4 is required to develop, implement, and enforce a program to address stormwater runoff from new development and redevelopment projects that disturb greater than or equal to one acre of land (including smaller sites that are part of a larger common plan of development), through the development of an ordinance (or other regulatory mechanism) to address post-construction runoff, the development and implementation of structural and non-structural BMPs appropriate to the community, and procedures to ensure adequate long-term operation and maintenance

Conduct post construction inspections

POLLUTION PREVENTION/GOOD HOUSEKEEPING of MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS

The MS4 is required to develop and implement an operation and maintenance program that has the goal of preventing or reducing pollutant runoff from municipal operations

Drainage Department personnel installing Gabion baskets for erosion control

Riparian

Drainage riparian

Conduct city employee training on illicit discharges and spill prevention and cleanup

A copy of the City of Copperas Cove’s SWMP detailing specific the Best Management Practices we will follow to address each minimum control measure is provided in the links below. Additional material, such educational material, program information, and annual progress reports will periodically be updated on this site.

MS4 Year 1 Annual Report

MS4 Year 2 Annual Report

MS4 Year 3 Annual Report

MS4 Year 4 Annual Report

TCEQ Approved Storm Water Management Plan

TCEQ Guidelines TXR040000

City of Copperas Cove MS4 Permit

Educational Materials

Public Works
1601 N. First St.
Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Ph: (254) 547-0751 or 0823

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