In 2013, the City of East Lansing submitted its Stormwater Permit Application to MDEQ which initiated the issuance of the current 2015 NPDES Permit (PDF). A large part of that application consisted of a description as to how the City would commit to and proceed with the development, implementation, and enforcement to reduce the discharge of pollutants from its municipal separate storm sewer system to the maximum extent practicable and protect the water quality in accordance with the appropriate water quality requirements of Michigan Act 451 and the Federal Water pollution Control Act. This documentation was formally designated as the City of East Lansing’s Stormwater Management Program. The 2015 NPDES acknowledged that the Stormwater Management Program had been approved as submitted.
As outlined in the application and the NPDES, the Stormwater Management Program consists of seven specific initiatives or control measures:
• Enforcement Response Procedure (ERP)
• Public Participation/Involvement Program (PPP)
• Public Education Plan (PEP)
• Illicit Discharge Elimination Program (IDEP)
• Construction Stormwater Runoff Control Program
• Post-Construction Stormwater Runoff Program
• Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping Program
The City of East Lansing submitted a Progress Report (PDF) (January 2014 to April 2016) to MDEQ outlining its actions in complying with its NPDES Permit and thus its Stormwater Management Program. The report discusses each of the seven control measures and how the City is addressing them.