Why Is Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping Necessary?
The Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for municipal operations minimum control measure is a key element of the small MS4 stormwater management program. This measure requires the small MS4 operator to examine and subsequently alter their own actions to help ensure a reduction in the amount and type of pollution that: (1) collects on streets, parking lots, open spaces, and storage and vehicle maintenance areas and is discharged into local waterways; and (2) results from actions such as environmentally damaging land development and flood management practices or poor maintenance of storm sewer systems.
While this measure is meant primarily to improve or protect receiving water quality by altering municipal or facility operations, it also can result in cost savings for the small MS4 operator, since proper and timely maintenance of storm sewer systems can help avoid repair costs from damage caused by age and neglect.
What Bowling Green is Doing
The City has developed several handbooks that outline environmentally friendly practices for the routine tasks that staff must complete on a routine basis. The City also abides by all EPSC and Post-Construction requirements for any City owned and managed project.
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