National Pollution Discharge Elimination System
Runoff from rain storms
carries pollution to local
The National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program requires urban jurisdictions, such as Baltimore County, to have a discharge permit for their storm drain pipes. This is similar to the end-of-pipe restrictions with which industries or wastewater treatment plants must comply. These permit requirements are coordinated by the NPDES Management Committee. Related State and Federal resources are regularly referred to for program updates and meeting presentations are additional resources.
Storm drain systems are designed primarily to move stormwater away from developed areas as quickly as possible to prevent flooding. These developed areas are also referred to as impervious surfaces and are places that prevent rain from soaking back into the ground, roads, rooftops and parking lots. The result is an increase in stormwater runoff.
Stormwater runoff is now recognized as a major transporter of excess nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment generated within our urban communities. These pollutants come from a multitude of sources such as livestock and pet waste, chemicals leaked from cars and fertilizers on our lawns.
Baltimore County prepares an annual report of stormwater-related programs and projects targeted to reduce water quality pollution. This report has valuable data and information related to the monitoring and management of our watersheds. View and download either the entire or chapters of the 2015 NPDES Annual Report on the links below. Past reports are also available in the archive.
2015 NPDES Annual Report
View and download individual sections of the 2015 NPDES Annual Report.
- Table of Contents (PDF)
Lists each subsection within the main sections and the corresponding page numbers. Includes the list of tables, figures, exhibits and appendices.
- Section 1 – Permit Administration and Legal Authority (PDF)
Provides contact information and legal authority related to these NPDES programs.
- Section 2 – Source Identification and Databases (PDF)
Updates the sources for the Geographic Information System (GIS) data layers submitted with the report.
- Section 3 – Stormwater Management Program (PDF)
Addresses impacts on stormwater quantity and quality resulting from new development and redevelopment after the construction phase is complete.
- Section 4 – Erosion and Sediment Control (PDF)
Provides trends in the number of building and grading permits issued and the acreage of disturbed land during construction.
- Section 5 – Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Program (PDF)
Summarizes the detection, investigation and remediation of illicit connections to the County's storm drain system.
- Section 6 – Trash and Litter (PDF)
Summarizes the trash monitoring study to collect data for development of a trash TMDL.
- Section 7 – Property Management and Maintenance (PDF)
Updates County maintenance practices including accounting of the Vac-Con Storm drain cleaning program, the Street Sweeping Program, data on the use of fertilizer, pesticide and deicing materials by County facilities.
- Section 8 – Public Education and Outreach (PDF)
Updates our public outreach and education program.
- Section 9 – Assessment of Controls (PDF)
Data includes storm event and baseflow chemical monitoring, continuous discharge and temperature monitoring, stream geomorphological monitoring and biological monitoring, and submerged aquatic vegetation monitoring.
- Section 10 – Watershed Planning, Restoration Progress and Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) (PDF)
Documents capital restoration projects constructed by EPS and a systematic assessment of the associated pollutant reductions.
- Section 11 – Program Funding (PDF)
Summarizes the operating costs.
NPDES Permit Data
You will be directed to an FTP – GIS Download to display the Data below. Please follow the Instructions on the site. This data includes excel spreadsheets and GIS information and is required for the NPDES permit and used in preparing the NPDES report.
- Biological Data – Tidal benthic data with Benthic Index of Biological Integrity (BIBI) scores
- Chemical Data – Water chemistry data from Scotts Level Branch and County wide monthly trend data
- Geomorphic Data – Geomorphic data including cross sections of sites in Powder Mill, Scotts Level and Windlass Run in Baltimore County
- Grading Permits – Locations of approved grading permits in Baltimore County in Fiscal Year 2015
- Impervious Surfaces – Locations of impervious surfaces using baseline data from 2002
- Industrial Commercial Sources – Locations of businesses in Baltimore County
- Monitoring Locations – Locations of biological, chemical, bacteria, trash, random, trend, tidal and geomorphic monitoring stations in Baltimore County
- Storm Drain Layer – Locations of stormwater pipes, ponds, inflows, outfalls, and drainage areas inside and outside of the URDL in Baltimore County. Locations of major and minor outfalls with drainage areas used in Illicit Connection monitoring.
- Urban Best Management Practices – Locations of Best Management Practices in Baltimore County
- Water Quality Improvement Projects – Locations of water quality improvement projects such as stream restoration projects in Baltimore County.
- Attachment A Data – Data tables as required by and described in NPDES MS4 Permit Attachment A.
Watershed Management and Monitoring
Revised March 29, 2016
Revised April 6, 2016