The City of Belle Meade was required to develop a stormwater management plan to meet the requirements of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II program of the Clean Water Act. All towns, cities, and Federal installations in urbanized areas of the state must develop a plan to address the problem of non-point pollution sources. These areas are called Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4’s). The City of Belle Meade modified its plan to meet the unique requirements of the City. The City originally adopted a stormwater ordinance on September 15, 2004 to comply with Phase II of the NPDES program as administered by the Tennessee Division of Water Pollution Control. The stormwater ordinance was revised on October 18, 2006.
The goal of the stormwater ordinance, the two BMP Manuals produced by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and Belle Meade’s Supplemental BMP Manual is to improve the quality of stormwater runoff in the City by regulating construction and long-term maintenance activities and providing the tools necessary for meeting the regulations.
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