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Phase II Stormwater Program

On March 10, 2003, the U.S. EPA and Ohio EPA Phase II Stormwater Rules went into effect. These rules require designated communities to develop and implement a stormwater management plan.

This program is composed of six minimum control measures:

  1. Public Education
  2. Public Involvement
  3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE)
  4. Construction Site Runoff Control
  5. Post Construction Site Runoff Control
  6. Pollution Prevention / Good Housekeeping

stormwater graphicThe CCBHStormwater Program was created to assist communities in Cuyahoga County and Northeast Ohio in reaching their stormwater management plan goals. CCBH has been a leader in the State of Ohio in developing a regional watershed-based IDDE program.

CCBH developed the "Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Program Manual - A Guidance Manual for the State of Ohio". This manual was designed to assist communities in developing an IDDE Program for finding and eliminating known sources of pollution.

The CCBH's Stormwater Program includes the following activities:

Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE):

  • Inventory of MS4 outfall locations
  • Dry weather inspections of MS4 outfall locations
  • Sampling of dry weather flows from MS4 outfalls
  • IDDE source tracking
  • Development of a Regional Stormwater Database

Public Involvement and Public Education Outreach:

  • Educational outreach for school-aged children including non-point source and point source pollution education
  • Adult seminars on non-point source pollution
  • Coordination of stream cleanups
  • Volunteer monitoring of streams

Pollution Prevention / Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations:

CCBH provides training for municipal personnel on the requirements their communities must meet. Several of the related educational materials are provided below:

Educational Materials:

Fact Sheets on Stormwater:

Model Ordinances:

The following model ordinances were developed by the Northeast Ohio Stormwater Task Force:

The following model ordinance was developed by the Chagrin River Watershed Partners, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, and the Lake County Health Department:

Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Ordinance

Useful Links:

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

Ohio EPA Stormwater Program

US EPA - Stormwater Program Information

Ohio Nonpoint Source Management Plan

Cuyahoga County Dept. of Public Works

Center for Watershed Protection

Ohio Stormwater Association 

Stormwater Magazine

Contact Information

Laura Travers, RS
Program Manager
(216)201-2000 ext 1225