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Stormwater Program

Public Notice Posted May 25, 2022

Unincorporated Monroe County intends to discharge stormwater into the following subwatersheds: Beanblossom Creek - Jack’s Defeat Creek (051202020202), Richland Creek – Little Richland Creek (051202020301), Beanblossom Creek – Stout Creek (051202020106), Beanblossom Creek – Buck Creek (051202020105), Jackson Creek – Clear Creek (051202080801), May Creek – Clear Creek (051202080802), Little Clear Creek – Clear Creek (051202080803), Moore Creek – Lake Monroe (051202080702) and is submitting a Notice of Intent to comply with the requirements of the MS4 General Permit to discharge stormwater runoff.

Contact the MS4 Coordinator at 812-349-2565 or email storm@co.monroe.in.us for questions.

Stormwater Program Mission

The mission of the Monroe County Stormwater Program is to promote public health and safety and to improve water quality by implementing stormwater pollution prevention solutions.

We are dedicated to addressing the drainage concerns of Monroe County residents and reducing flooding hazards, all while improving water quality through comprehensive planning, public education, and management of our storm sewer system.

What is stormwater?

Water resulting from rainstorms or melting snow. 

Why is it a concern?

Impervious surfaces (paved streets, parking lots, building rooftops) do not let water infiltrate into the ground. Therefore, when it rains or snow melts, water that flows over these surfaces collects debris, chemicals, sediment, and/or other pollutants that are then discharged into our local waterways untreated.

Unmanaged stormwater can threaten public health and aquatic life, negatively affect recreational activities, increase costs of water treatment, contribute to longer and more severe flooding events, and cause erosion of valuable land.

Stormwater Program Resources

To report stormwater and drainage concerns:   (812) 349-2565storm@co.monroe.in.us

Employee Directory

Kelsey Thetonia - MS4 Coordinator

Lynnette Murphy, Administrative Assistant
(812) 349-2565 | storm@co.monroe.in.us 

Adam Rickert - Stormwater Specialist
(812) 349-2960 | arickert@co.monroe.in.us 

Erica Penna - Stormwater Inspector
(812) 803-6345 | epenna@co.monroe.in.us

Why is there a stormwater program?

The Clean Water Act and Rule 13 of the Indiana Administrative Code require communities of a certain size to have a stormwater program that implements six minimum control measures:

  1. Public education and outreach

  2. Public participation and involvement

  3. Illicit discharge detection and elimination

  4. Construction site stormwater runoff control

  5. Post-construction stormwater runoff control

  6. Municipal operations pollution prevention and housekeeping

Have you seen any dumping or other illegal discharge into or near a storm drain, stream, ditch, or lake in Monroe County? If so, please report the issue by completing the form below:

Illicit Discharge Reporting Form 

IMPORTANT STORMWATER PERMITTING UPDATE

As of 12/18/2021, IDEM no longer administers the construction stormwater permit program through Rule 5 (327 IAC 15-5). Construction stormwater runoff is now regulated through the administrative Construction Stormwater General Permit (CSGP), a performance-based regulation designed to reduce pollutants associated with construction site runoff and/or land-disturbing activities.

You can find a copy of the new CSGP here.

IDEM has more information about the transition to CSGP and the new performance standards at their website, here. You can also visit our Resources for Contractors page for more information.

What is the stormwater fee?

The stormwater fee  is the primary funding mechanism used to finance stormwater initiatives to keep Monroe County water healthier, clean, and protected. The stormwater fee  is calculated by a rate per amount of impervious surfaces present on a parcel of land. However, for each single or two family residential units and condominiums, the fee is a flat $75.77 calculated based on the average area of impervious surfaces found on residential lots in the county.

The Stormwater Ordinance (Chapter 766, Stormwater Fee and Fund) was approved by the Monroe County Commissioners on July 1, 2011. The Monroe County Council approved the stormwater fee on July 26, 2011, and amended the ordinance on April 19, 2013. In 2020, the Stormwater Management Board contracted with Financial Solutions Group, Inc., to perform a fiscal analysis of the Stormwater Program. The study found that the fee rate was insufficient to continue operating at the program's current level of service. The County Council approved a fee increase on March 1, 2021, in order to improve services to residents and be able to bond for large capital improvement projects.

What services does the Monroe County Stormwater Program provide to the community?

  • Infrastructure improvements in the public right-of-way to reduce flooding and drainage issues
  • Plan reviews to ensure runoff is properly captured at new development sites
  • Construction site inspections for compliance with required pollution prevention measures
  • Public education and outreach to help our community understand water quality issues
  • Identify and address illicit discharges to the storm sewer system and area lakes and streams

What can you do if you suspect a violation of  Monroe County's Illicit Discharge Ordinance?

If you witness or suspect that an illicit discharge is occurring in your area, you can complete a brief survey (anonymity allowed) and the department will follow up on your concern.  You can also contact Stormwater staff directly at (812) 349-2555 or email storm@co.monroe.in.us. Thank you for helping us protect our water!

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