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OAKLAND COUNTY DRAIN COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE ILLICIT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION PROGRAM AND PHASE II STORMWATER MANAGEMENT: LESSONS LEARNED 1999–2005

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Abstract:

The Oakland County Drain Commissioner's Office (OCDC) operates and maintains over 600 storm water drainage systems comprised of 680 miles of open and enclosed drains in Oakland County, Michigan. Under the Michigan Voluntary General Storm Water Permit and the more recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Phase II municipal separate storm sewer system regulations, the OCDC has conducted illicit discharge investigations on county drains and open watercourses throughout the county. Through this effort they have located and screened 8,000 storm water outfalls and investigated 133 pollution complaints. This effort has resulted in the identification and elimination of 146 illicit discharge sources. This paper describes how the County's IDEP program has evolved over the last seven years and some lessons learned during early program development and transition to the current Phase II regulations.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/193864706783796024

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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