FAIRBANKS STORM WATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Fairbanks North Star Borough • City of Fairbanks • City of North Pole •Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, Northern Region • University of Alaska Fairbanks
Federal and State regulations based on the Clean Water Act require communities that reach certain population density levels to develop, implement, and enforce Storm Water Management Programs that will control pollutants in storm water being discharged from their storm drain systems to local water bodies. As a result of the 2000 Census, the Fairbanks community was triggered to comply with these regulations and in 2005 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
issued two permits to the local government agencies in the Fairbanks area that own and operate extents of storm drain system. One permit was issued to the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and other was issued collectively to the City of Fairbanks, City of North Pole, Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, and University of Alaska Fairbanks.
On October 31, 2009, the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation assumed authority over management of the two permits; however, the permit conditions remain the same. The permits include six minimum control measures which comprise the Fairbanks Storm Water Management Program, as follows:
Public Education & Outreach. Implement a public education program to distribute educational materials to the
community, or conduct equivalent outreach activities about the impacts of storm water discharges on local water bodies and the steps that can be taken to reduce storm water pollution.
Public Involvement & Participation. Implement a program to involve the public in developing, implementing, updating, and reviewing the local Storm Water Management Program.
Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination. Implement and enforce an illicit discharge detection and elimination program that includes an ordinance or other regulatory mechanism prohibiting non-storm water discharges to the system, educational component for employees and the general public about illicit discharges, and comprehensive map of the system.
Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control. Develop, implement, and enforce a program to reduce pollutants in storm water runoff to the system from construction activities that will result in a ground disturbance of greater than or equal to one acre, including an ordinance or other regulatory mechanism requiring use of proper erosion and sediment controls, and plan review and site inspection procedures therein.
Post-construction Storm Water Management. Develop, implement, and enforce a program to reduce pollutants in post-construction storm water runoff to their system from new development and redevelopment projects that will result in a ground disturbance of greater than or equal to one acre, including an ordinance or other regulatory mechanism requiring the use and maintenance of post-construction best management practices.
Pollution Prevention & Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations. Develop and implement an operation and maintenance program with the ultimate goal of preventing or reducing pollutant runoff from municipal operations to the system, including employee training on pollution prevention and good housekeeping techniques.
For more detailed information on the requirements for each minimum control measure and agency efforts to meet these requirements, a copy of the permits and current annual reports can be found in the document section to the right.