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NPDES Stormwater Program


Stormwater Regulation

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Program regulates point source discharges from three potential sources: Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), construction activities and industrial activities. The NPDES Stormwater Program in Tallahassee is responsible for the development, administration and compliance of rules and policy to minimize and prevent pollutants in stormwater discharges. Operators of these sources may be required to obtain an NPDES permit before they can discharge stormwater.

Stormwater runoff is generated from rain events that flow over land or impervious surfaces, such as paved streets, parking lots and building rooftops, and does not soak into the ground. The runoff picks up pollutants like trash, chemicals, oils, and dirt/sediment that can harm our rivers, streams and lakes. To protect these resources, municipalities, construction and industries activities, and others use stormwater controls, known as Best Management Practices (BMPs), to manage their runoff. The implementation of these practices, which include BMP design, performance and adaptive management requirements, prevent pollution by controlling it at its source.

NPDES Stormwater Program


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Please browse our Stormwater Program topics listed on the lefthand side for more information. If you still have any general questions about the program, contact the NPDES Stormwater Program in Tallahassee at 850-245-7522.


NPDES Stormwater Program
Florida Department of Environmental Protection

2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3585
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400
Phone: 866-336-6312 (toll-free)
Email: NPDES-stormwater@dep.state.fl.us

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