The Bailey-Alexander Complex
1501 W Samford Ave
Watershed Division Mission
The mission of the Watershed Division is to protect, preserve, and restore our local water resources.
Phase II Storm Water
The City of Auburn is designated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) as an owner/operator of a Phase II municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4). The USEPA's Phase II Stormwater Regulations, which were implemented in March 2003, require operators of regulated Phase II MS4s to obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit and to develop a stormwater management program designed to protect water quality and to prevent harmful pollutants in stormwater runoff from being washed into the MS4. The City received its initial Phase II Stormwater NPDES permit (ALR040003) on May 14, 2003. ADEM revised and reissued this permit once on February 1, 2011 and again on September 6, 2016. The current permit coverage will expire on September 30, 2021.
The intent of the Phase II regulations is to reduce the adverse impacts to water quality and aquatic habitat by instituting the use of controls on the unregulated sources of stormwater discharges. In order to comply with these regulations the City of Auburn must satisfy six "minimum control measures," including:
- Public Education and Outreach
- Public Participation/Involvement
- Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
- Construction Site Runoff Control
- Post-Construction Stormwater Management
- Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping
Impaired water are those waters that are identified by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) as not meeting the State’s Water Quality Criteria and for which technology-based limits alone do not ensure attainment thereof. Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act requires the ADEM to identify and list these water bodies, and ultimately to establish total daily maximum loads (TMDL’s) that are necessary to meet water quality standards. TMDL’s are quite often, in essence, a “diet plan” for a water body for a specific pollutant that is identified as the cause of impairment. There are currently three impaired waters within the City of Auburn, which are Saugahatchee Creek (nutrient-based impairment), Parkerson Mill Creek (Pathogens), and Moore's Mill Creek (Siltation). The Watershed Division addresses these impairments through water quality monitoring and targeted watershed management practices.
Water Quality Monitoring Programs
The Watershed Division operates and manages a number of water quality monitoring programs. Water quality is monitored in local water bodies to determine compliance with State Water Quality Criteria, to identify potential sources of pollution and degradation, to assess ecosystem health and integrity, and to develop a better understanding of our water resources for improved management. These monitoring data aid the Water Resource Management Departments efforts to protect its drinking water sources, protect recreational uses, and to protect the ecological integrity of our water resources. Each monitoring program is structured to serve one or more of these purposes.
- Consistency with State Water Quality Criteria (Routine Monitoring)
- Investigative Monitoring (Identifying Sources of Pollution)
- Project Based Monitoring