National Discharge Elimination System

 
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) is one of the environmental programs that was established when the President signed Clean Water Act (CWA) into law.  The CWA and its various environmental programs were enacted to protect the Nation’s waters.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the entity that is charged with developing, implementing, and enforcing regulations consistent with this law.  The NPDES Rules and Regulations (Section 402) prohibit the discharge of pollutants into the Nation’s waters without a permit from the EPA.  Aliamanu Middle School is impacted by the CWA law and the NPDES rules and regulations because of the drainage system that is within our boundaries, and the storm water drainage system that we have on our campus.  To assist school to be in compliance with the rules and regulations, the Department of Education has contracted a private agency to survey each school and to submit a report on their findings.  This report addresses the “Individual Permit Coverage, Discharges of Storm Water and Certain Non-storm Water from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4)”.  

The report submitted to the Department of Education and to the school provides information for the school that:

·        Identifies the non-storm water discharges and the disposal methods.

·        Indicates the NPDES permit that is on file with the Department of Health Clean Water Branch.

·        Lists the location(s) of storage areas that are exposed to storm water.

·        Lists the location(s) of non-storm water discharge.

·        Includes maps of the site layout, topography, drainage basins and the storm water system.

·        Report also includes the Storm Water Management Plan.

As part of the MS4 requirements we are mandated to follow the Storm Water Management Plan that is mentioned above.  There are six elements that comprise this plan, that when implemented together, are intended to reduce the discharge of pollutants into the environment.  Aliamanu Middle School is responsible for the implementation of the six elements of the Plan:

1.     Public education and outreach

2.     Public involvement and participation

3.     Illicit discharge detection and elimination

4.     Construction site runoff control

5.     Post-construction storm water management in new development and redevelopment, and

6.     Pollution prevention and good housekeeping

The Plan includes attachments with information specific to Aliamanu Middle School:

·        Identifies the minimum control measures.

·        Describes the Best Management Practices (BMPs) to address for our site-specific needs.

·        Schedules and measures goals to quantify our progress of program implementation.

We are required to submit and annual report to ensure we are in compliance with Federal Law.  We will be reviewing our plan and checking our drains over Summer Break 2013.  We will continue to be involved in new and ongoing activities that address the elements above.  Our PCNC may ask for volunteers to assist during the school year.