Storm Water

The goal of the Storm Water Program is to reduce or eliminate pollutants in storm water. Storm water discharges are generated by runoff from land and impervious areas such as paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops, during rainfall and snowmelt events. Storm water discharges often contain pollutants in quantities that could adversely affect water quality.

Expiration of the 2008 MSGP - NEW

The 2008 MSGP expired at midnight on September 29, 2013. A new permit to replace it has not been issued. Permittees who obtained coverage under the 2008 MSGP prior to its expiration are automatically granted an administrative continuance of permit coverage. The administrative continuance will remain in effect until a new permit is issued. Permittees already covered under the 2008 MSGP are not required to submit a new Notice of Intent (NOI) for permit coverage until the MSGP is reissued. Permittees must continue to comply with all requirements in the 2008 permit, including requirements for monitoring and reporting.

New facilities seeking to discharge stormwater associated with industrial activity are unable to apply for permit coverage until DEC reissues the MSGP to replace the administratively extended 2008 MSGP. DEC issued a “no action assurance” memorandum for newly-discharging facilities. The memo states that the Department will not pursue administrative or civil judicial enforcement actions for lack of permit coverage against a newly-discharging facility, provided that the operator meets the requirements established in the memorandum attached memo (PDF, 2 pp, 408K). - NEW.

Per the No Action Assurance Memo, new operators are to submit an NOI using the paper form. Additional MSGP forms are located at Storm Water Forms webpage.

At this time DEC expects to reissue the MSGP in the fall of 2014 or early 2015. At that time all operators desiring coverage under the MSGP, including those with administrative continuance under the 2008 MSGP, will need to submit NOIs for permit coverage.

Highlights of Multi-Sector General Permit Reissuance

On August 29, 2014 DEC issued the DRAFT Multi-Sector General Permit (AKR060000) for a 45-day comment period. DEC encourages permittees to review the draft permit and provide comments by the closing date of October 15, 2014. - NEW

Permit documents can be accessed from the ADEC Wastewater Discharge Authorization Program website Public Notice section.

Written comments can be submitted via email to: William.Ashton@alaska.gov,
or by mail to:
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Wastewater Discharge Authorization Program
Multi-Sector General Permit Comments
555 Cordova Street
Anchorage, AK 99501

Highlights of Permit Reissuance for the State Dewatering and Contained Water Permits

The state Contained Water permit (2009DB0004) expired on March 18, 2014 and the Excavation Dewatering permit (2009DB0003) expired on March 23, 2014.

Highlights - Construction General Permit

Construction projects starting after July 1st, 2011 must use the new 2011 Alaska Construction General Permit (ACGP). The permit is provided below. DEC has revised the SWPPP Template and SWPPP Checklist for the new permit. The most frequently asked questions are answered in the following FAQ handout. After July 1st the Construction General Permit website will be updated for the new permit.

If you are expecting to find an ADEC NOI on the Water Permit Search and it is not displaying, please send your inquiry to DEC.Water.OPAHelp@Alaska.Gov

New to the eNOI System is the CGP eNOI Modification submittal. This submittal allows operators to electronically file the CGP Notice of Intent Modification form. For additional information, see the "Step-by-Step" guidance document.


Contacts

For more information, please contact:
Jim Rypkema, Storm Water and Wetlands Program Manager
Division of Water – Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
555 Cordova Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
Office: 907-334-2288 | Fax: 907-269-3487
Email: Jim.Rypkema@alaska.gov