The City of Canton is identified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an Operator of a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) within a Census-defined Urbanized Area and is therefore regulated under Phase II of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Program.
This program required the City to obtain permit coverage in 2003 for the discharge of its MS4s into waters of the State. The permit required the submission of a written Storm Water Management Program (SWMP) to Ohio EPA describing how the City will comply with permit conditions in an effort to reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff. By reducing pollutants in stormwater runoff discharging from the City's stormwater drainage systems, the quality and integrity of our local creeks, lakes, ponds, and other water bodies are improved. This improved water quality ultimately results in better drinking water, cleaner swimming, and healthier fish and other aquatic life!
Please call the City's Stormwater Management Program's primary contact, Chris Barnes, at 330-438-6908 for questions or comments about the program. One important aspect of the City's Stormwater Management Program is public education and outreach on stormwater impacts. Please view the Stormwater Education page to learn more about stormwater management and ways you can help to improve the quality of Canton's creeks, lakes, and other water resources.