Storm water runoff is the water that flows off rooftops, driveways, parking lots, private streets, and other hard (impervious) surfaces during rain storms. Storm water runoff is also the rain that flows off grass surfaces and wooded areas. Rather than being absorbed into the ground, storm water can accumulate in many areas of the city, causing nuisance flooding and possible threats to public health and safety.
But flooding is only part of the problem. Storm water runoff can also pick up harmful pollutants such as gasoline, oil, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, and lawn fertilizers and carry these into our waterways and underground drainage systems, causing significant environmental damage to our streams, rivers, lakes, and possibly contaminate our drinking water supply.
Storm Water Management Program
The storm water permit requirements were developed to minimize pollution in storm water to the maximum extent practicable and effectively prohibiting illicit discharges to the storm sewer system. The City of Highland Village’s program
contains a variety of best management practices that have been selected to provide specific storm water quality improvements and satisfy the six minimum control measures required by the permit.
- Public Education, Outreach, and Involvement
- Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
- Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control
- Post-Construction Storm Water Management in New Development and Redevelopment
- Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations
- Industrial Storm Water Sources