On January 14, 2010, the Town of Wendell was designated as a regulated public entity subject to the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) by the Environmental Management Commission of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The Town of Wendell has adopted a storm water management program and received a permit to discharge stormwater under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).
Storm water runoff is the water that flows off impervious surfaces or is not fully absorbed by natural surfaces during rain events. This water drains into catch basins, storm sewers and ditches, eventually ending up in lakes and rivers. Storm water runoff can cause flooding and erosion. Storm water runoff can pick up harmful chemicals and debris causing polluted bodies of water and destroying natural habitats.
There are six focus areas under the permit requirements:
- Public education and outreach on storm water impacts
- Provide opportunities for residents to participate in activities related to reducing storm water runoff and pollution
- Detect illicit discharges of storm water
- Control construction site storm water runoff
- Manage post-construction storm water in developments and re-developments
- Storm water pollution prevention and maintenance for municipal operations
As a part of our public education and outreach efforts, the Town of Wendell has joined the Clean Water Education Partnership. For more information on CWEP, please visit their website at www.nccwep.org. Anyone wishing to volunteer for a citizens storm water group may sign up by contacting Wendell Town Hall at 919-365-4450.
While the Town of Wendell will continue to maintain the public-owned storm water system, there are also private and state owned structures throughout town. For all questions and concerns regarding the storm water program, please call Wendell Public Works at 919-365-4822.