Tailoring a Stormwater Ordinance to Accommodate the Needs of St Tammany Parish, Louisiana
Abstract:St. Tammany Parish is tailoring a stormwater ordinance to address issues created by rapid growth that are complicated by a laissez faire culture that is historically ingrained in the citizenry of the region. The escalating stormwater regulatory requirements must be presented to our unique citizens in a manner that will bolster acceptance of a new stormwater ordinance and protect the unique watersheds of St. Tammany Parish. The draft stormwater ordinance must meet regulatory requirements, protect and improve water quality in the Parish, gain support from key stakeholder groups in the community, and seek administrative sponsorship for presentation and adoption by Parish Council. The proposed St Tammany Parish Stormwater ordinance addresses the six minimum control measures as required by our current MS4 Permit; however, it is anticipated that new MS4 Permit requirements may necessitate revisions to the stormwater ordinance. It is also expected that additional ordinance revisions will be required to address Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDLs) as they are issued by LDEQ & the USEPA, for the many 303(d) listed waterways in St Tammany Parish. The draft ordinance is designed for seamless updates to meet the ever escalating stormwater regulatory requirements. St Tammany Parish is considered proactive with respect to its Stormwater Program and the proposed Stormwater Ordinance will enhance that proactive image while protecting the unique waterways of the Parish and achieving our water quality goals.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2012
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