Environmental Programs

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Stormwater Runoff

Stormwater runoff is generated when water from rain or other precipitation flows over land or impervious surfaces (such as paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops)  and does not seep into the ground.   As this runoff flows, it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment and other pollutants that could harm water quality if it is discharged untreated into our local water bodies.

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Stormwater Management (MS4)

Under the 1987 Clean Water Act Amendments, the U.S. EPA developed new stormwater regulations to address storm water that might impact water quality.  These new regulations were set up in a two Phase National Polluted Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting approach based upon population and are enforced by the U.S. EPA, delegated to most States.   The expression Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) was given to the permittees.  The regulatory definition of an MS4 (40 CFR 122.26(b)(8)) is “a conveyance or system of conveyances (including roads with drainage systems, municipal streets, catch basins, curbs, gutters, ditches, man-made channels, or storm drains): (i) Owned or operated by a state, city, town, borough, county, parish, district, association, or other public body (created to or pursuant to state law) including special districts under state law such as a sewer district, flood control district or drainage district, or similar entity, or an Indian tribe or an authorized Indian tribal organization, or a designated and approved management agency under section 208 of the Clean Water Act that discharges into waters of the United States. (ii) Designed or used for collecting or conveying stormwater; (iii) Which is not a combined sewer; and (iv) Which is not part of a Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) as defined at 40 CFR 122.2.”  In practical terms, operators of MS4s can include municipalities, counties, state and federal departments of transportation, and public universities.

Phase I, issued in 1990, dealt with MS4s serving an urban population greater than 100,000 people and in Alabama.  There are approximately 750 Phase I MS4s in the United States (US).

Phase II, issued in 1999, requires regulated small MS4s in urbanized areas, as well as small MS4s outside the urbanized areas that are designated by the permitting authority, to obtain NPDES permit coverage for their stormwater discharges.  The City of Daphne fell  into this phase of permitting.  There are approximately 6,700 Phase II MS4s in the US.

In Alabama, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) enforces the NPDES MS4 permitting program.  In 2012, the City of Daphne was designated by ADEM as an owner/operator of a Phase II MS4.  The City received its initial MS4 Phase II Stormwater NPDES permit ALR040039 (Link to permit) on December 21 , 2011.  The current permit coverage will expire on January 31, 2016.

The intent of the Phase II regulations is to reduce the adverse impacts to water quality and aquatic habitat by the development of a stormwater management program, instituting the use of controls and measurable goals for the following six stormwater related “Minimum Control Measures (MCM)”

  • Public Education and Outreach MCM – The Public Education and Outreach (MCM 1) requires the City to implement and evaluate a public education and outreach program that distributes educational materials to the community or conducts equivalent outreach activities abou thte impacts polluted discharges on water bodies and the steps that the public can take to reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff to the maximum extent practical.
  •  Public Participation / Involvement – The Public Participation / Involvement (MCM 2) requires the City to develop, implement and evaluate a public participation program centered on the City’s Stormwater Management Program and its annual report.  Ongoing activities for public involvement may include advisory councils, watershed associations, committees, stewardship programs and other environmental related activities.
  •  Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) – The Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (MCM 3) requires the City to develop, implement, enforce, and evaluate a program to detect and eliminate illicit discharges and improper disposal, including spills not under the purview of another responding authority, into the City’s regulated MS4 area, to the maximum extent practicable.
  •  Construction Site Runoff Control – The Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control (MCM 4) requires the development, implementation, and enforcement of a program to reduce, to the maximum extent practicable, pollutants in any stormwater runoff to the MS4 from construction activities that result in a total land disturbance of greater than or equal to one (1) acre and activities that disturb less than one (1) acre but are part of a larger common plan of development or sale that would disturb one (1) acre or more.
  •  Post-Construction Stormwater Management – The Post-Construction Stormwater Management (MCM 5) goal is to minimize water quality impacts from new development and re-development sites by ensuring the implementation of proper Best Management Practices and their long term maintenance.
  •  Pollution Prevention / Good Housekeeping – The Pollution Prevention / Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations (MCM 6) requires the City to develop and implement a program for pollution prevention and good housekeeping for its municipal operations.  It also requires the development and implementation of an employee training program designed to prevent and reduce stormwater pollutants, to the maximum extent practicable, in areas such as parks maintenance, fleet and building maintenance, new construction and land disturbances, stormwater system maintenance, and all other applicable municipal operations.


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Invasive Exotic Plant Control

Bay Front & Village Point Parks Invasive Exotic Plant Control- Invasive exotic plants are those that come from other geographic areas, often other countries or regions of the world, such as Asia.  Some are intentionally introduced and other arrive here accidentally.  Invasive exotic plants displace native species and alter their natural habitats.  As a result, plant community diversity is disminished and wildlife populations suffer.

You can help prevent the spread of invasive exotics by planting only native species in your landscape, remove invasive exotics from your yard and tell others about the problem with invasive exotic plants.

Village Point Habitat Management Plan-The primary objectives of this plan are to guide management of these parklands in such a way that:

  • Restores and sustains appropriate natural plant communities through the control of invasive exotic plant species and planting of appropriate native plants when and where needed.
  • Optimizes habitat conditions for wildlife species expected to utilize the habitats present in the parks.
  • Provides the public with opportunity for passive recreational activities, environmental education, and enjoyment.


Daphne’s Environmental Programs host training workshops throughout the year.  If you are interested in having a workshop in Daphne contact: epm@daphneal.com.

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Watershed/Stream Restoration

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Teacher’s Corner

If you are interested in having a class room presentation on environmental topics, contact epm@daphneal.com.

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 Report Illegal Discharge

If you believe that pollutants are being discharged into Daphne creeks, or the city’s storm sewer system, please contact us using one of the following methods:

Please ensure the following information is provided in your e-mail or voice mail:

    • Name
    • Address
    • Phone
    • Location or Address of Problem
    • Type of Problem
    • Date of occurrence
    • Name of company and/or description of individuals involved

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Erosion & Sediment Complaints

Report Potential Violations:

If you see an erosion or sediment control problem in Daphne, please contact us using one of the following methods:

  • Call our office at (251) 621-3080, or
  • Send an complaint via email or regular mail to:

Please ensure the following information is provided in your written mail or voice mail:

    • Name
    • Address
    • Phone
    • Location or Address of Problem
    • Type of Problem
    • Date of occurrence
    • Name of company and/or description of individuals involved



The City of Daphne provides this service to allow concerned citizens to file e-mail or telephone/voice mail reports regarding the discharge of pollutants to rivers, creeks, and the storm sewer system within the city limits of Daphne.  Each complaint received will be documented and an investigation initiated. The results of the investigation and any actions taken shall be documented and submitted to ADEM in the City’s annual storm water program report.

Note: Anonymous complaints received by e-mail or telephone, or complaints with unverifiable contact information cannot be investigated. It is the policy of the City of Daphne to keep contact information confidential.

False Complaints

Please remember that reporting violations of environmental laws is a serious matter, and could result in criminal and/ or civil sanctions being assessed against the person or company being reported. Knowingly or intentionally making a false complaint is a violation of Alabama Law.

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    • Clean Water Future : A public service campaign to help Alabamians learn more about stormwater runoff and its impacts; increase demand for stormwater management programs; and provide tools that empower Alabama residents to reduce polluted runoff in our waterways.
    • Mobile Bay National Estuary Program
    • The Mesothelioma Center (Asbestos.com) : The Mesothelioma Center is an asbestos awareness group that works to educate the public about the dangers of asbestos. Asbestos can cause many different diseases including lung cancer and mesothelioma. This organization works with those afflicted by asbestos-related diseases and helps them find local doctors, treatment centers and support groups, all free of charge. Their website has the most up to date information on the topic including Alabama specific information.

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Phase II MS4 Documents:

          City of Daphne Phase II MS4 Permit

MS4 Phase II Stormwater Management Program Plan (SWMPP)  & Water Quality Monitoring Plan

          2016-2021 Daphne Stormwater Management Program Plan

For copies of the Stormwater Management Program Plan Attachments contact Ashley Campbell -Environmental Programs Manager @251-621-3080 or acampbell@daphneal.com .

MS4 Phase II Annual Reports:

 2016-2017 Annual Report

2016-2017 Daphne MS4 Compliance Chart-Goals & Achievements

     2015-2016 Annual Report

2015-2016 Daphne MS4 Compliance Chart-Goals & Achievements

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