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In 1990, the County of Sacramento and Cities of Sacramento , Folsom and Galt were issued a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Stormwater Permit (Stormwater Permit) from the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Region (Regional Board) to allow the lawful discharge of Sacramento area urban runoff into local creeks and rivers. The Stormwater Permit, a result of federal regulations driven by the Clean Water Act (CWA), requires the permittees to implement the Sacramento Stormwater Quality Partnership (Partnership) to reduce pollutants in urban stormwater discharges to the maximum extent practicable (MEP). Recently, the Partnership incorporated the City of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, and Rancho Cordova. The Stormwater Permit was renewed in 1996, 2002, and most recently on September 2008.

The mission of the Partnership is to:
Make the best use of allocated public agency funds to implement a program that will comply with regulatory requirements to reduce stormwater pollution to the maximum extent practicable, and effectively eliminate illegal non stormwater discharges, with an ultimate long-term goal of protecting the beneficial uses of local creeks and rivers.

The Partnership vision is to:
Educate and create changes in behaviors and attitudes that contribute to the reduction of urban runoff pollution and help promote community stewardship of local creeks and rivers, resulting in improvement in the health of local waterways.

New Stormwater Standards are in place for Projects in the Sacramento County area. Will your project be affected? See New Standards for Development Projects and Stormwater Quality Control Measures Selection Matrix for more information.

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