The City of Monterey has enacted a Stormwater Ordinance in order to establish minimum stormwater management requirements and controls to protect and safeguard the general health, safety, and welfare of the public residing in watersheds within this jurisdiction. The City of Monterey is the permitting authority for all land disturbing activities and requires the land owner to maintain all on-site stormwater control facilities and all open space areas (e.g. parks or “green” areas) required by the approved stormwater control plan. The City of Monterey will only provide construction permits to projects that establish a plan to manage stormwater runoff occurring during the construction process. The City of Monterey, under the NPDES program, also has the authority to inspect properties for noncompliance and can issue a notice of violation (NOV) for any deficiency or infraction onsite. Property owners are responsible for the maintenance of any stormwater facilities or practices located on the property. The City of Monterey has the authority to inspect stormwater facilities and practices in order to ascertain that they are properly maintained and functioning.
"RMA Environmental Services administers Monterey County's NPDES Municipal General Permit issued by the State Water Resources Control Board. The County is responsible for performing a number of permit-related activities that collectively are intended to reduce pollutants that enter and are discharged from the storm drain systems that it operates in urbanized portions of the County.
The Clean Water Act (CWA) of 1972 established the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into waters of the United States and regulating quality standards for surface waters. The US Environmental Protection Agency's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) requires industrial, municipal and other facilities to obtain permits that regulate their discharges into surface waters. In California, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), a division of CalEPA, establishes the policies that implement the CWA. The State Water Board has established NPDES permits that regulate stormwater discharges for industrial facilities, municipal facilities, and construction activities, as well as other activities that impair the quality of California's surface waters (such as pesticide use).
The State Water Board's web site includes information on the permits that are administered directly by the State Water Board: Construction General Permit; Industrial General Permit;CalTRANS Municipal Permit.
Environmental Services manages Monterey County's Municipal General Permit. Information from the State Water Resources Control Board on minimum program elements are contained within the Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit. Information on Monterey County's specific Permit requirements are available from the links provided on the left side of this page, and from the Documents link at the bottom of these links."
To satisfy this minimum control measure, the Permittee must:
To satisfy this minimum control measure, the Permittee must:
(a) Authorization to Adopt and Impose Best Management Practices. The City will adopt requirements identifying Best Management Practices for any activity, operation, or facility which may cause or contribute to pollution or contamination of storm water, the storm drain system, or waters of the U.S. as a separate BMP Guidance Series. Where Best Management Practices requirements are promulgated by the City or any federal, State of California, or regional agency for any activity, operation, or facility which would otherwise cause the discharge of pollutants to the storm drain system or water of the U.S., every person undertaking such activity or operation, or owning or operating such facility shall comply with such requirements. The Public Works Director will report to the City Council annually on the status of implementation of BMP's, the pollutants of concern to be addressed the next year, and any new BMPs to be developed. BMP's developed under this program will be included in the City of Monterey's BMP Guidance Series.
(b) New Development and Redevelopment. The City may adopt requirements identifying appropriate Best Management Practices to control the volume, rate, and potential pollutant load of storm water runoff from new development and redevelopment projects as may be appropriate to minimize the generation, transport and discharge of pollutants. The City shall incorporate such requirements in any land use entitlement and construction or building-related permit to be issued relative to such development or redevelopment. The owner and developer shall comply with the terms, provisions, and conditions of such land use entitlements and building permits as required in this Article and the City Storm Water Utility Ordinance, Chapter 31.5, Article 1.
(c) Responsibility to Implement Best Management Practices. Notwithstanding the presence or absence of requirements promulgated pursuant to subsections (a) and (b), any person engaged in activities or operations, or owning facilities or property which will or may result in pollutants entering storm water, the storm drain system, or waters of the U.S. shall implement Best Management Practices to the extent they are technologically achievable to prevent and reduce such pollutants. The owner or operator of a commercial or industrial establishment shall provide reasonable protection from accidental discharge of prohibited materials or other wastes into the municipal storm drain system or watercourses. Facilities to prevent accidental discharge of prohibited materials or other wastes shall be provided and maintained at the owner or operator's expense. Best Management Practices required by the City can be obtained from the Public Works Department by requesting the BMP manual appropriate to a commercial or industrial activity from the BMP Guidance Series. BMP's are broken into three categories: "high priority" which are required to be implemented, "medium priority" which are desirable to implement, and "low priority."
Every person owning property through which a watercourse passes, or such person's lessee, shall keep and maintain that part of the watercourse within the property reasonably free of trash, debris, excessive vegetation, and other obstacles that would pollute, contaminate, or significantly retard the flow of water through the watercourse. In addition, the owner or lessee shall maintain existing privately-owned structures within or adjacent to a watercourse, so that such structures will not become a hazard to the use, function, or physical integrity of the watercourse. The owner or lessee shall not remove healthy bank vegetation beyond that actually necessary for maintenance, nor remove said vegetation in such a manner as to increase the vulnerability of the watercourse to erosion. The property owner shall be responsible for maintaining and stabilizing that portion of the watercourse that is within their property lines in order to protect against erosion and degradation of the watercourse originating or contributed from their property.
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City of Monterey Stormwater Ordinance
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