Storm Water Permitting in Indian Country: Request to Consult
The following letter was mailed to all Region 10 Tribal leaders and environmental contacts on October 2, 2002.
Attn Of: OW-130 October 2, 2002
Re: Request for Government-to-Government Tribal Consultation for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permits for Storm Water Discharges in Indian Country
Dear Tribal Leader:
In an effort to meet our Tribal consultation commitment in Region 10, we are asking for you to notify us of your interest to be involved on national storm water permit actions prior to the formal public comment periods. Please notify us of your interest by contacting Misha Vakoc, Region 10 Storm Water Coordinator, at (206) 553-6650 or 1-800-424-4372, extension 6650 or electronically at email@example.com no later than November 10, 2002.
Storm runoff is one of the main sources of pollution to surface water. As required by the Clean Water Act, runoff from the sources described below is subject to regulation by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System program, when such runoff is discharged to surface water via pipes and ditches.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters office is in the preliminary stages of drafting three permit actions to allow storm water discharges from the following activities:
$ Construction Activity disturbing one or more acres of land;
$ Multiple Sectors of Industrial Activity; and
$ Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems.
Each of these national general storm water discharge permits will be applicable in areas where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority, including on all Tribal reservation land in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, and throughout the State of Alaska.
Additional information about the storm water permitting program as it applies to Indian Country can be found on the EPA Region 10 Tribal Website, www.epa.gov/r10earth (once there, click on “Tribes” then “Latest Information”).
Randall F. Smith
Office of Water
cc: Tribal Environmental Contact
Regional Tribal Operations Committee