Comments Sought for City of Salem Stormwater Management Plan

Posted on September 20, 2022

City of Salem – 09/20/22 2:00 PM

The City of Salem is seeking public comments on the updated Stormwater Management Plan. The comment period will be open until October 19, 2022.

The updated plan is a requirement under the City’s current National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit that went into effect on October 1, 2021. The SWMP Document outlines the operations/programs and measurable goals the City operates under and reports on annually to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Additional City programs addressed in the SWMP Document include the Fall Leaf Haul event, the summer stream cleaning program, the Clean Streams education, and outreach program, and the Watershed Protection and Preservation Grant.

The City of Salem (City) operates under a Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) Document to reduce and prevent pollution in daily operations. Cleaning storm drains, sweeping streets, and building, inventorying, and maintaining stormwater quality facilities are a few of the operational activities the City performs to protect the water quality in local streams and the Willamette River. The updated SWMP Document is available for public comment through 5:00 pm on October 19, 2022.

The updated SWMP Document considers new information about emerging pollutants and best management practices and strategies to reduce water pollution. The City is also updating its monitoring plan. The comment period for the monitoring plan will run concurrently with the Stormwater Management Plan.

After the public comment period, the City will submit the SWMP Document to DEQ for their approval before it goes into effect.

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