Stormwater runoff involves water not absorbed by the ground when it rains. Due to the urban expansion, this has become a growing concern as man-made impervious surfaces, such as rooftops, parking lots and roads increase the amount of stormwater runoff into our watershed. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) now considers this one of the leading causes of water pollution in our streams.
The EPA has designated Fairmont, like many other cities across the state, as a "Phase II" Storm Water Community. According to the Clean Water Act, a Phase II designation requires cities to actively manage storm water to the new EPA standards or face significant penalties. While a number of cities have brought challenges to this unfunded mandate, the Courts have upheld U.S. EPA's ability to impose storm water control requirements. Accordingly, Fairmont, along with dozens of other communities in West Virginia and thousands nationwide, is moving to implement a reasonable storm water control program. Otherwise we will violate our federal Clean Water Act permits.