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Truckee Meadows Stormwater Program

The Truckee Meadows Regional Stormwater Quality Management Program is a comprehensive program comprised of efforts by the governments of Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County, together with private citizens, to reduce the pollution associated with urban runoff in the Truckee Meadows.

 

This program is required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit issued jointly to the Cities of Reno and Sparks and Washoe County.

 

The program includes the following required program elements:

  • Intergovernmental Coordination
  • Public Outreach
  • Municipal Operations
  • Stormwater Discharge Monitoring
  • Land Use Planning
  • Structural Controls
  • Construction Site Discharge
  • Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
  • Industrial Program

Intergovernmental Coordination

Through coordination the committee has developed clear roles and responsibilities among the local jurisdictions for program development and implementation and has established the relationship of the local program to the state program. The City of Reno, City of Sparks, and Washoe County entered into a formal agreement for program development and implementation.

Public Outreach

Public education and engagement helps inform the community of proactive steps to reduce pollution. Public engagement includes:

  • Storm drain stenciling w/ Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful
  • Earth Day celebration
  • School presentations

Municipal Operations

The Municipal Operations program addresses agency wide efforts to improve water quality.

  • Street sweeping
  • Storm drain cleaning and maintenance
  • Low Impact Development criteria
  • Staff training
  • Design criteria
  • Brine application reductions

Stormwater Discharge Monitoring

This program implements monitoring stations for collection of stormwater runoff samples. Samples are tested in a state approved analytical laboratory and reported in the annual report. See past reports on Truckee River Information Gateway (http://www.truckeeriverinfo.org).

Structural Controls

New and significant redevelopment projects should reference the Regional Low Impact Development Manual. The LID manual outlines requirements and design guidance to reduce and treat stormwater runoff through the implementation of LID development practices.

Construction Site Discharge

This program integrates stormwater management into the existing regulatory program.

  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) reviews
  • Inspection and enforcement
  • BMP field handbook
  • Regional BMP classes

Industrial Program

This program integrates stormwater management into the existing environmental control program.

  • Inspector training
  • Inspection and enforcement
  • Industrial BMP handbook
  • Complaints reporting and follow up

Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination

(IDDE)
The IDDE includes inspection and enforcement program for detecting and eliminating illicit discharges and connections. Outfalls along the Truckee River will be physically surveyed twice annually as well as periodically sampled.

This list is to assist you in recognizing potential illegal/illicit discharges into the storm drain system

Prohibited Discharges

  • Industrial process water
  • Commercial car wash wastewater
  • Sanitary sewer flows
  • Wash-down of loading areas
  • Wastewater treatment plant effluent
  • Dumping of liquid waste
  • Chlorinated pool water
  • Water softener brine backwash
  • Reclaimed or recycled water

Stormwater Permit Coordinating Committee

The Truckee Meadows Stormwater Permit Coordinating Committee (SWPCC) is comprised of two representatives from each the City of Reno, City of Sparks, and Washoe County. The committee meets to coordinate activities of the stormwater management program and watershed protection plan. An annual report is prepared each year covering program activities.

Prohibited Discharges

  • Industrial process water
  • Commercial car wash wastewater
  • Sanitary sewer flows
  • Wash-down of loading areas
  • Wastewater treatment plant effluent
  • Dumping of liquid waste
  • Chlorinated pool water
  • Water softener brine backwash
  • Reclaimed or recycled water

Stormwater Permit Coordinating Committee

The Truckee Meadows Stormwater Permit Coordinating Committee (SWPCC) is comprised of two representatives from each the City of Reno, City of Sparks, and Washoe County. The committee meets to coordinate activities of the stormwater management program and watershed protection plan. An annual report is prepared each year covering program activities.

Permissible Discharges

  • Lawn, garden and landscape irrigation (not including reclaimed or recycled water)
  • Diverted stream flows
  • Rising ground waters and springs
  • Uncontaminated pumped ground water
  • Foundation drains
  • Air conditioning condensation
  • Water from crawl space pumps
  • Footing drains
  • Flows from riparian habitats and wetlands
  • Dechlorinated swimming pool discharges
  • Water utility line flushing
  • Runoff from firefighting
  • Discharges from potable water sources
  • Street wash water from cleaning/maintenance
  • Residential and fund raising car washing