Why are Ashland, Catlettsburg and Boyd County required to have a Phase II Storm Water Management Program?
The City of Ashland, City of Catlettsburg and Boyd County are part of the larger Huntington-Ashland WV/KY/OH urbanized area as calculated by the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Being a part of this urbanized area each entity is designated a small municipal separate storm sewer systems (small MS4) by US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), subject to the Clean Water Act and the NPDES Phase II storm water program requirements. In the state of Kentucky the Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW) under the Department of Environmental Protection is the administrator of the Phase II storm water program.
Who do I contact to become involved or obtain more information on the Ashland, Catlettsburg and Boyd County SWMP
Reporting an Illegal or Illicit Discharge:
An illegal or illicit discharge is any direct or indirect non-storm water substance, pollutant, or hazardous material disposed, deposited, spilled, poured, injected, seeped, dumped, leaked, or placed by any means, intentionally or unintentionally, into storm sewers, culverts, drainage ditches, swales, creeks, rivers or any other storm water conveyance system.
Hazardous may include any substance, waste, or combination thereof, which because of its quantity, concentration, or physical, chemical, biological or infectious characteristics may cause, or significantly contribute to, a substantial present or potential hazard to human health, safety, property, or the environment when improperly treated, stored, transported, disposed of, or otherwise managed.
Pollutants may include, but are not limited to: paints, varnishes, and solvents; oils and other automotive fluids; solid wastes and yard wastes; refuse, rubbish, garbage, litter, or other discarded or abandoned objects, and excessive amounts of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers.