Stormwater is rain that runs off hard surfaces such as rooftops, paved streets, and parking lots. As water runs off these surfaces, it can pick up pollution such as oils and dirt. Untreated stormwater might flow directly into a local stream, river, or lake negatively impacting the habitat or wildlife.
In urban areas, it may go into a storm drain and continue through storm pipes until it is released untreated into a local waterway. Runoff may also create large volumes of water that could cause erosion and damage to the stream channels. The result of this damage could degrade water quality, affect drinking water supplies, and damage wildlife habitat.
Urban areas that collect stormwater runoff in municipal separate storm sewers and discharge it to rivers are required to have a permit from the state under the federal Clean Water Act. Clark County is committed to complying with federal and state requirements to provide effective and efficient stormwater management in our community. As part of our work, we maintain a stormwater management plan that guides new development and redevelopment in our community to minimize impact to our waterways. Our local regulations are defined by municipal code and stormwater design manuals.
Development codes and design manuals to ensure compliance with the county's National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Phase 1 stormwater permit.
Learn how Clark County manages stormwater and related water quality issues to meet requirements of the NPDES permit.
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