Stormwater Permitting and Management Requirements


This practice note discusses stormwater permitting and management requirements. The core of stormwater permitting comes from the federal Clean Water Act (CWA), 33 U.S.C. § 1251 et seq., which sets out a program dealing with key categories of entities that discharge stormwater, and regulations that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has promulgated to implement this program. Most states have established their own stormwater permitting requirements that are often more expansive than the federal program, and local governments have increasingly developed stormwater management requirements for entities within their jurisdictions that are separate from traditional CWA permits.