Stormwater utility division operates and maintains 620 miles of pipe, 72 pump stations, and over 100 discharge pipes that collect and route runoff from the streets and gutters to our local rivers, creeks, and sloughs.
The Stormwater utility also manages the City’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Permit (NPDES) and all the monitoring, testing, education, and programs required under the permit.
The NPDES Stormwater Program regulates stormwater discharges from three potential sources:
- construction activities,
- industrial activities, and
- municipal stormwater system.
Municipal Stormwater System
Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain and snow melts and does not absorb into the ground. As the runoff flows over the land or impervious surfaces (paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops), it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment, and other pollutants that could adversely affect water quality. Stockton’s stormwater is collected in catch basins and transported, untreated, directly into our local rivers, creeks, and sloughs, and eventually to the Delta. Best management practices (BMPs) is the primary method to stop contaminants from entering the system.
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permits are required under the Clean Water Act and require the discharger to develop and implement a Storm Water Management Plan to reduce the discharge of pollutants to the Maximum Extent Practicable (MEP). The management plans specify what BMPs will be used to address certain program areas: such as public education and outreach, illicit discharge detection and elimination, construction and post-construction, and good housekeeping for municipal operations.
Each year the City is required to provide an Annual Report to the State on their Stormwater Program and BMPs.
Operators of construction sites that are one-acre or larger, including smaller sites part of a larger common plan of development, are monitored under the State’s Construction General Permit. The Stormwater Program also requires specific control measures for post-construction runoff from new developments and redeveloped areas.
The Stormwater Quality Control Criteria Plan (SWQCCP) provides development standards on these controls, including general site control measures, site-specific source control measures, and treatment control measures for the following:
- Home subdivisions with 10 or more housing units
- Commercial developments with impervious areas greater than 5,000 sq. ft.
- Automotive repair shops with impervious areas greater than 5,000 sq. ft.
- Parking lots greater than 5,000 sq. ft. or with 25 or more parking spaces
- Streets and roads with one acre or more of impervious area
Retail gas outlets with 5,000 or more sq. ft. of impervious area
Construction Stormwater Regulations and Best Management Practices
For an overview of Federal, State and local stormwater regulations, review the City of Stockton and County of San Joaquin's PowerPoint training from May 9, 2014.
For a description of various BMPS that may be implemented on construction sites, review the City of Stockton’s "Stormwater Program Best Management Practices for all Construction Sites" flyer.
The Stormwater Program works with local industries to prevent stormwater pollution using:
- inspections of industrial sites,
- record review of Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) annual reports, and conditions of acceptance,
- wet weather sampling,
- dry weather sampling, and
- complaint investigation.
Industrial companies may require authorization under an NPDES industrial stormwater permit for stormwater discharges.
Other related documents available:
- NPDES Municipal Stormwater Program ROWD & Proposed SWMP (Large file. Appendices can be viewed or downloaded from the external link below.)
- Stormwater Public Opinion Survey Report – 2009
- Final Stormwater Quality Control Criteria Plan – 2009 (Revised February 2011)
- Stormwater Quality Control Criteria Plan Volume Reduction Calculator (Updated July 16, 2010)
- Administrative Hearing Request Form
- Stormwater Administrative Hearing Information Sheet
This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 4/29/2015