Stormwater Management Program

The Village of Inverness has developed a Storm Water Management Program (SWMP) for the purpose of meeting the minimum standards required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II program. Federal regulations through the USEPA require that all Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), partially or fully in urbanized areas based on the 2000 census, obtain storm water permits for their discharges into receiving waters. MS4s include the conveyance or system of conveyances including roads with drainage systems, municipal streets, catch basins, gutters, ditches, swales, manmade channels or storm sewers. Storm water runoff naturally contains numerous constituents; however, urbanization typically increases concentrations to levels that may impact water quality. Pollutants associated with storm water include sediment, nutrients, bacteria and viruses, oil and grease, metals, organics, pesticides, and gross pollutants. The SWMP describes the procedures and practices that can be implemented by Inverness to effectively reduce the discharge of pollutants within storm water runoff and comply with Federal standards. Compliance with the plan is intended to protect water quality thus contributing to the following amenities:

  • cleaner lakes and streams
  • improved recreational opportunities and tourism
  • flood damage reduction
  • better aethetics and wildlife habitat, and
  • a safer and healthier environment for the citizens

The SWMP addresses the primary program elements for all of Inverness' activities, including the manner in which Inverness:

  • reviews, permits and inspects construction activity within its limits
  • manages the planning, design and construction of projects performed within its limits
  • maintains its facilities and performs its day-to-day operations
  • works toward protecting the receiving waters from illicit discharges
  • provides public education and outreach
  • trains its employees in carrying out and reporting program activities
  • continually monitors and evaluates the program

Inverness is required to complete an annual report which describes the status of compliance with the ILR40 permit conditions