of the Storm Water District
with the Federal Clean Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) recently imposed strict new regulations on water
quality in creeks, streams, lakes, and rivers. Adopted in 1999,
this unfunded mandate requires our community to submit a plan
which outlines how we propose to protect our bodies of water
County Commissioners appointed the Butler
County Engineer's Office as the lead agency to develop this
plan, which evaluates the quality of storm water runoff from
construction sites, commercial and residential properties, as
well as agricultural and park lands. Communities will be required
to closely monitor storm water runoff and possibly fine offenders.
What the plan does not involve is resolving flooding issues or
infrastructure maintenance, i.e., storm sewers and drainage facilities.
All affected entities were required to obtain permit coverage
by March 10, 2003.
a steering committee was assembled by the BCEO to formalize the
plan for a Storm Water District in Butler County. For more on
this program, click here.