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.
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.