NPDES Phase II Regulations

The Federal Clean Water Act of 1972 focused initially on discharges from sources such as industrial and municipal wastewater treatment plants. Water quality studies have shown that more diffuse sources of pollution are also a problem. In 1987, Congress added requirements for non-agricultural sources of runoff, beginning with the largest cities and certain industries.

Weirton is covered under the second phase of the program, which is called the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. The City’s pollution reduction program must address:

Public Education & Outreach on Storm Water Impacts Including Public Involvement & Participation


The objectives of the program are to distribute educational materials to the community, conduct public outreach activities, raise public awareness on the causes and impacts of stormwater pollution and inform the public on steps they can take to reduce or prevent stormwater pollution.
  •     The Block Leader Program
  •     The Stormdrain Stencil program
  •     The Clean Water Education Partnership
  •     Information for homeowners and developers
  •     Reduce, recycle and reuse
  •     Dispose of household hazardous waste properly

Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination


The objectives of the program are to detect and eliminate illicit discharges that include spills and illegal dumping, address significant contributors of pollutants, implement appropriate enforcement procedures and actions, develop a storm sewer system map and inform employees, businesses, and the general public of hazards associated with illegal discharges and improper disposal of waste.
  •     The Illicit Discharge Ordinance
  •     The Phase IV Storm Water Inventory project

Construction Site Runoff Control Including Post-Construction Storm Water Management in New Development & Redevelopment


The objectives of the program are to reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff from construction activities, provide procedures for public input, ensure compliance, requirements for construction site operators to implement erosion and sediment control practices, review site plans and procedures for site inspection and enforcement of control measures.
  •     Erosion and Sediment Control
  •     Watershed Protection and Nitrogen Control

Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations


The objectives of the program are to prevent or reduce stormwater pollution from municipal operations.

The City of Weirton is auditing all public facilities and programs to ensure pollutant loading is minimized to the maximum extent practicable and conducts annual inspections on the facilities to ensure continued compliance.


Sedimentation & Erosion Control


An erosion control plan and grading permit will be required for areas of disturbance over 12,000 square feet.

Weirton is one of many local governments that work with the state to implement a model storm water plan for the Ohio River Basin.
View the Watershed Protection Best Management Protection (BMP) Design Manual.