Who regulates stormwater runoff?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates stormwater runoff through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES.) The EPA authorized the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to implement the NPDES Stormwater Permitting Program in the state of Texas, making TCEQ responsible for issuing permits and performing compliance and enforcement activities within the state.

The City of McKinney is a part of the Phase II MS4 program. This requires the city to develop a comprehensive stormwater management program that will eliminate illicit discharges to the storm sewer system and reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff. 

Learn more about the State of Texas Phase II Program.

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1. What is stormwater runoff?
2. Who regulates stormwater runoff?
3. Why all the fuss about stormwater?
4. Stormwater pollution only affects streams and creeks. Why should I care?
5. Into what water bodies does the stormwater from the McKinney storm system discharge?
6. Why is there a marker on our storm drains?
7. Where can I find McKinney’s requirements related to stormwater management?
8. Are there any charges or fees associated with the storm drain system?
9. Who clears clogged storm drains?
10. Why shouldn't yard trimmings and soil go into the storm drain? Doesn't rain wash the same kind of material into the creek anyway?
11. Why isn't stormwater treated before it goes into a creek?
12. What do I do if I see someone dumping something other than rainwater down a storm drain?
13. If I make a complaint, will my name and address be kept confidential?
14. There is mud on the street in my neighborhood. What can the city do about it?
15. There is erosion and poor drainage in the creek near my house. What can the city do about it?