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Storm Water

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Report storm water pollution or the need for storm drain maintenance contact Ogden City Storm Water Maintenance (801) 629-8271 or 911 after business hours.

Water that originates from snow melt, rainfall, and runoff from overwatering landscapes accumulates throughout the city as storm water. In an effort to managing the flow and volume, which fluctuates greatly through the seasons, this excess water is collected in the city’s storm water system and then released back into rivers, lakes, streams, and other existing water bodies.

The Ogden region is made up of 38 square miles of mountainsides, foothills, hillside neighborhoods, and downtown urban areas. Storm water from this entire surface area is collected into four major detention basins, 22 detention ponds, and an intricate system of water pipes, ditches, and catch basins. Collecting the water and purposefully directing it back into nature helps reduce erosion, prevent seasonal flooding, and makes water flow in living areas more predictable year-round.

How Water Becomes Polluted

In Weber County, water flows through storm drains and directly back into local creeks and rivers with no treatment in between. The quality of the water in our waterways can be affected when natural elements such as dirt, leaves, and grass clippings enter the storm drains as well as chemical elements introduced by humans such as the over-application of fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides.

When used unwisely, chemicals from household products such as car washing detergents, paints, and household cleaners may be introduced into waterways. Similarly, oil and antifreeze may leak from vehicles in a driveway and can introduce toxins into waterways. Interesting fact: one pint of oil can produce an oil slick over an entire acre of water surface area and will contaminate 250,000 gallons of water.

What Residents Can Do To Help

Everyday regular practices can make a great impact on the quality of water in our local area. Residents can learn and develop good habits that will keep debris and contaminants out of Ogden’s storm water system.

  • Sweep and clear the gutter in front of your home regularly to ensure debris does not enter the storm drain system that could potentially reduce or restrict the flow of water. This is the primary cause of plugged drains and will result in flooding and an ice sheet buildup that will form on streets during the wintertime.
  • Pick up and dispose of fallen tree branches in the street, park strip, and walking areas.
  • Rake up and bag leaves that fall in autumn to prevent them from finding their way into the storm drain. Do not rake leaves into the gutters; instead rake leaves out of the gutter and bag and dispose of them properly at the Green Waste Site.
  • Clear debris from the gutter in front of your home or business that results from yard work, maintenance, and landscaping.

View the printable brochures shown here for examples of how simple, little steps can make a big difference in the world around us. Download these brochures and discuss them with family, friends, and neighbors.

Federal Mandates Assist with Prevention

The Federal government has mandated that certain measures be taken to minimize the amount of sediment entering waterways from human-caused sources, mainly construction and demolition projects. All such projects, whether residential, commercial, or industrial, require a SWPPP permit.

Small Projects (smaller than 5,000 square feet) require:

  • SWPPP Permit

Mid-sized Projects (5,000 square feet to 1 acre) require:

  • SWPPP Permit
  • Erosion Control Plan detailing types and locations of BMPs

Large Projects (bigger than one acre) or any projects that are within an environmentally sensitive area or are part of a Common Plan of Development require:

  • SWPPP Permit
  • Erosion Control Plan detailing types and locations of BMPs
  • Notice of Intent (NOI) from the Utah Department of Water Quality

SWPPP (pronounced “swip”) permits for projects within Ogden City limits are issued by the Engineering division. SWPPP stands for Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan. Every project with potential to stir up and disturb dirt, dust, and sediment requires a SWPPP permit detailing how the debris and sediment will be retained on the site and kept clear of both the local storm drain system and nearby waterways. Methods of retaining dirt, mud, and other sediments on the project site are known as “BMPs” or Best Management Practices.

Best Management Practices (BMP) - Methods of retaining dirt, mud, and other sediments on the project site are known as Best Management Practices or “BMPs”. For a list of common BMPs, please refer to this EPA Webpage.

Erosion Control Plan – This plan must be a CAD drawing (please, no hand-drawn maps) that is drawn to a standard scale and includes the entire project site, areas where soil is being disturbed vs. areas not being disturbed, BMP descriptions and locations, and storm water discharge points. The plan must also include a North arrow and indicate the drawing scale.

Notice of Intent – For projects over an acre in size, part of a common development or within an environmentally sensitive area, the State of Utah requires the contractor to file a Notice of Intent (NOI). For information regarding the NOI, as well as a downloadable NOI application, please refer to the State of Utah Department of Water Quality website here. For more information on SWPPP Permit requirements, please contact the Project Coordinator with Ogden City Engineering.

State Laws Regulate Cities’ Storm Water Management Programs

Under Utah State law, Ogden City must meet the requirements of a small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit. The permit consists of six control measures:

  1. Public education and outreach
  2. Public participation and involvement
  3. Illicit discharge detection and elimination
  4. Construction site runoff control
  5. Post-construction runoff control
  6. Pollution prevention and good housekeeping

Ogden City’s Storm Water Management Plan follows these six control measures and is available for review online or at Ogden City’s Recorders Office.