Stormwater Management

Stormwater runoff is rainfall that flows over the surface and is not able to soak into the ground. It is created when it rains on areas such as streets, parking lots, sports fields, and rooftops.

The stormwater runoff is directed into pipes and drains that carry it, along with any pollutants, directly into the Pithlaschascotee River and the Gulf of Mexico!

We strive to keep pollutants out, but we need your help!

Pollutants to look out for include, but are not limited to:

  • Motor Oils / Coolants Metals

  • Grease

  • Fertilizers / Pesticides

  • Pet Waste

  • Car and Equipment Soaps

  • Tobacco Spit

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permit program was created pursuant to the Federal Clean Water Act. The NPDES program regulates point source discharges from three potential sources: Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), construction activities and industrial activities. In 2000, the EPA delegate authority to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to administer the NPDES program within the State.

As an operator of an MS-4, the City is required to obtain a NDPES permit. This permit is good for five years and requires annual reporting to the State on permit required activities intended to reduce stormwater pollution.

For more information on the NPDES Stormwater Program, please click the link below. Florida Department of Environmental Protection – NPDES Stormwater Program

The water supply of Earth is a required element for life to exist and thrive. The water cycle is a
continuous cycle that keeps water moving on and around Earth in different forms. The different
stages of the water cycle include evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and collection. Each
stage of the cycle leads to the next stage, and each stage is an important part of a process that
helps to water plants, fill cisterns, dry up puddles, and remove floodwaters.

Please click on the picture or the link below to view the Water Cycle Glossary of Terms.

Water Cycle Glossary of Terms

9/30/2021 – Stormwater Maintenance – Bay Boulevard

Illegal Dumping or Illicit Discharge?

If you see any form of illegal dumping or illicit discharge into the City’s Stormwater System, please contact the City of Port Richey Code Enforcement immediately at (727) 758-7469

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