The City of Barberton Stormwater Department works daily to meet the Ohio Environmental Protection Agencies (OEPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

The NPDES is a permitting mechanism that requires the completion of 6 minimum control measures (MCM) designed to prevent harmful pollutants from being washes by stormwater runoff into local water bodies.

  • Control Measure 1 - Public Education and Outreach
  • Control Measure 2 - Public Involvement & Participation
  • Control Measure 3 - Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination
  • Control Measure 4 - Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control
  • Control Measure 5 - Post-Construction Storm Water Management in New Development & Redevelopment
  • Control Measure 6 - Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations

NPDES is mandated by congress under the Clean Water Act (CWA.) It is a two-phased national program for addressing the non-agricultural sources of stormwater discharges which adversely affect the quality of our nations waters. Phase I was created in 1990 for large communities over 100,000 people. Phase II was created in 2003 for medium to small communities. Barberton is a Phase II community.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the NUMBER ONE source of surface water pollution is caused by stormwater runoff, causing nearly 40% of pollution is US water bodies.