The City of Grand Junction Stormwater Program includes the operation and maintenance of the stormwater drainage system infrastructure consisting of ditches, gutters, storm drain inlets, manholes and underground pipe in the city-wide storm drainage system. The City is also required to comply with State mandated regulations for stormwater quality requirements. It is our commitment to fulfill our stormwater customers needs while complying with stormwater quality regulations, and meeting operation and maintenance obligations.
In the latter part of the 20th century, pollution had become so prevalent in our streams, rivers and lakes, Congress amended the Clean Water Act requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address storm water runoff. As a result, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) was developed. In 1990 Phase I of the program was implemented to address water pollution and focused on storm water discharges from industrial sources and larger municipal separate storm sewer systems, or MS4s. By the turn of the century, with storm water pollution continuing to be a problem, Phase II of the program was developed and implemented with the focus being on smaller MS4s and construction sites disturbing one or more acres. In Colorado, the Phase II rule is administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Compliance with the NPDES Phase II rule became a requirement for Grand Valley MS4’s, including the City of Grand Junction, in March of 2003.
EPA’s Phase II rule specifies that MS4’s must apply for NPDES permit coverage. To obtain this coverage, an MS4 operator must develop, implement, and enforce a storm water management program that is designed to reduce the discharge of pollutants to the maximum extent practicable, protect water quality, and satisfy the applicable water quality requirements of the Clean Water Act. EPA’s Storm Water Phase II Final Rule states that this storm water management program must include the following six minimum control measures :
- Public education and outreach on stormwater impact
- Public involvement and participation
- Illicit discharge detection and elimination (IDDE)
- Construction site stormwater runoff control
- Post-construction stormwater management in new development and redevelopment
- Pollution prevention and good housekeeping for municipal operations
As part of their applications for permit coverage, MS4 operators must identify the best management practices they will use to comply with each of the six minimum control measures and the measurable goals they have set for each measure.
The City of Grand Junction has over 3000 storm drain inlets and over 100 miles of drainage pipe to covey stormwater runoff from its urbanized areas. The Street Systems stormwater crew is responsible for inspecting, maintenance and repair of the stormwater system. This includes cleaning plugged drainage structures and drainage pipes, removing debris from storm drain inlets, and repairing or replacing defective drainage structures or pipes.
In some non-curb and gutter areas, irrigation ditches are used to covey stormwater runoff. The City is responsible for maintaining non-pressurized irrigation pipe larger than 6” located under the street.
Indian Wash and Leach Creek are two major natural drainage channels that flow through the City. A portion of the City’s storm system drains into these channels. The City performs limited maintenance to help prevent the obstruction of storm flows. This includes the removal of trees, brush, trash or other debris that threaten to obstruct the flow of stormwater.
To report a plugged storm drain, call 970-244-1584.
To report pollution entering our drainage channels or storm drainage system, call the 5-2-1 Drainage Authority Hotline at 970-263-8201 (After hours dial 911).
To report a hazardous waste discharge, flooding or other emergency, please dial "911."
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Guidance
This section contains documents that provide guidance for operators who perform specific activities known to contribute to stormwater pollution. Documents created by the State and the City of Grand Junction provide guidance when performing these activities so the operator is compliant with stormwater regulations