ENVIRONMENTAL - STORMWATER
What is Stormwater?
Stormwater, or urban runoff, is the rain water and waste water that flows over driveways, lawns, sidewalks, and streets. As this water flows over these surfaces it picks up debris, chemicals, fertilizers, auto fluids, and other pollutants before entering into the stormwater system. Our stormwater system is designed to drain the city of rainwater during weather events and to help minimize flooding. The stormwater system carries the runoff through a system of interconnected pipes before depositing the runoff into Biscayne Bay and the surrounding the waterways.
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The City of Miami Beach is a barrier island surrounded by
Biscayne Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and an interconnected system of waterways
that provide habitat for fish and wildlife, opportunities for recreation, and
an enhanced quality of life. As such, we implement a multi-faceted strategy to
limit pollution from entering our waterways and impacting water quality. Our
stormwater management program is structured on the requirements set forth by
the Clean Water Act of 1972 and regulated through the Environmental Protection
Agency’s (EPA) National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
permitting program. The NPDES permit allows for municipal stormwater discharges
as long as they meet water quality standards and implement Best Management
Practices (BMPs) that reduce pollutants to the “Maximum Extent Practicable”. We
are one of 30+ co-permittees under Miami-Dade County’s Municipal Separate Storm
Sewer (MS4) NPDES permit.
While we share one NPDES permit with other communities
within Biscayne Bay watershed, each co-permittee is required to develop and
employ their own tailored stormwater management program to ensure their
respective compliance with the provisions of our NPDES permit. The BMPs we
implement in Miami Beach include education and outreach, good housekeeping,
water quality monitoring, as well as the use of cutting edge equipment and
industry-vetted operational practices. Together these elements reduce the
pollutants that can be picked up by stormwater throughout our city and trap and
remove a large percentage of those pollutants within our stormwater system.
Also, each co-permittee is required to submit an NPDES Annual Report detailing
the activities conducted under their stormwater management program, their
anticipated success at preventing stormwater pollution, and justifying any
decreases in stormwater pollution prevention efforts. In the State of Florida,
this report is submitted to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
(FDEP) as this agency has delegated authority from the EPA to implement the
program on their behalf.
We submitted our last NPDES Annual Report in December 2016.
This report, which is still under review by FDEP, covered the timeframe between
June 2015 and June 2016 and included the following stormwater management
the stormwater system cleaning frequency from every three years to annually,
with pump stations being cleaned quarterly;
the frequency of waterway cleaning from two to three times weekly;
education and outreach events;
lbs of debris removed from our waterways;
million lbs of street sweepings removed from our roadways;
million lbs of litter removed by litter crews from our roadways;
• Over 1500
Styrofoam coolers swapped and removed from our beaches;
• Over 150
storm drain catch basin markers installed by volunteers; and,
times more household hazardous waste collected from our residents for proper
The previous NPDES Annual Reports have completed their
review and are available below.
Year 1 (June 2011 - June 2012)
Year 2 (June 2012 - June 2013)
Year 3 (June 2013 - June 2014)
Year 4 (June 2014 - June 2015)
Year 5 (June 2015 - June 2016)
If you have any questions, please call us at 305.673.7010 or email us at:Betsy Wheaton, Environment and Sustainability Directorewheaton@miamibeachfl.gov Margarita Wells, Environmental Resources Managermwells@miamibeachfl.gov