CITY OF ROSEMOUNT
DAKOTA COUNTY, MINNESOTA
ORDINANCE NO. XVI.61
AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO
ILLICIT DISCHARGE AND CONNECTION TO THE
CITY'S STORMWATER SYSTEM ORDINANCE
THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ROSEMOUNT, MINNESOTA ORDAINS that the City Code of Ordinances is amended by adding new Chapter 2 to Title 10:
SECTION 1: Title 10 of the Rosemount City Code is amended by adding Chapter 2 to read as follows:
10-2-4: Responsibility for Administration
10-2-6 Ultimate Responsibility
10-2-7: Discharge Prohibitions
10-2-8: Suspension of MS4 Access
10-2-9: Industrial or Construction Activity Discharges
10-2-10: Monitoring of Discharges
10-2-11: Requirement to prevent, control and reduce storm water pollutants by the use of best
10-2-12: Watercourse Protection
10-2-13 Notification of Spills
10-2-15: Enforcement Measures after Appeal
10-2-16: Cost of Abatement of the Violation
10-2-17: Injunctive Relief
10-2-18: Compensatory Action
10-2-19: Violations deemed a Public Nuisance
10-2-20: Criminal Prosecution
The purpose of this Chapter is to provide for the health, safety, and general welfare of the citizens of the City of Rosemount through the regulation of non-storm water discharges to the storm drainage system to the maximum extent practicable as required by federal and state law. This Chapter establishes methods for controlling the introduction of pollutants into the municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) in order to comply with requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit process.
The objectives of this Chapter are:
(a) To regulate the contribution of pollutants to the municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) by stormwater discharges by any user.
(b) To prohibit illicit connections and discharges to the municipal separate storm sewer system.
(c) To establish legal authority to carry out all inspection, surveillance and
monitoring procedures necessary to ensure compliance with this Chapter.
For the purposes of this Chapter, the following shall mean:
Authorized Enforcement Agency: the City of Rosemount.
Best Management Practices (BMPs): schedules of activities, prohibitions of practices, general good house keeping practices, pollution prevention and educational practices, maintenance procedures, and other management practices to prevent or reduce the discharge of pollutants directly or indirectly to stormwater, receiving waters, or stormwater conveyance systems. BMPs also include treatment practices, operating procedures, and practices to control site runoff, spillage or leaks, sludge or water disposal, or drainage from raw materials storage.
Clean Water Act: The federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. § 1251 et seq.), and any subsequent amendments thereto.
Construction Activity: Activities subject to NPDES Construction Permits. These include construction projects resulting in land disturbance of one acre or more. Such activities include but are not limited to clearing and grubbing, grading, excavating, and demolition.
Hazardous Materials: Any material, including any substance, waste, or combination thereof, that because of its quantity, concentration, or physical, chemical, or infectious characteristics may cause, or significantly contribute to, a substantial present or potential hazard to human health, safety, property, or the environment when improperly treated, stored, transported, disposed of, or otherwise managed.
Illegal Discharge: Any direct or indirect non-storm water discharge to the storm drain system, except as exempted in this Chapter.
Illicit Connections: An illicit connection is defined as any drain or conveyance, whether on the surface or subsurface, that allows an illegal discharge to enter the storm drain system including but not limited to any conveyances that allow any non-storm water discharge including sewage, process wastewater, and wash water to enter the storm drain system and any connections to the storm drain system from indoor drains and sinks, regardless of whether said drain or connection had been previously allowed, permitted, or approved by an authorized enforcement agency or, any drain or conveyance connected from a commercial or industrial land use to the storm drain system that has not been documented in plans, maps, or equivalent records and approved by an authorized enforcement agency.
Industrial Activity: Activities subject to NPDES Industrial Permits as defined in 40 CFR, Section 122.26 (b)(14).
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Storm Water Discharge Permit: means a permit issued by MPCA that authorizes the discharge of pollutants to waters of the United States, whether the permit is applicable on an individual, group, or general area-wide basis.
Non-Storm Water Discharge: Any discharge to the storm drain system that is not composed entirely of storm water.
Person: means any individual, association, organization, partnership, firm, corporation or other entity recognized by law and action as either the owner or as the owner's agent.
Pollutant: Anything that causes or contributes to pollution. Pollutants may include, but are not limited to: paints, varnishes, and solvents; oil and other automotive fluids; non-hazardous liquid and solid wastes and yard wastes; refuse, rubbish, garbage, litter, or other discarded or abandoned objects, pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers; hazardous substances and wastes and residues that result from constructing a building or structure; and noxious or offensive matter of any kind., that, because of its quantity, concentration, or physical, chemical, or infectious characteristics may cause, or significantly contribute to, a substantial present or potential hazard to human health, safety, property or the environment, or that may degrade, impair or pollute ground or surface waters.
Premises: Any building, lot, parcel of land, or portion of land whether improved or unimproved including adjacent sidewalks and parking strips.
Storm Drain System: Publicly-owned facilities by which storm water is collected and/or conveyed, including but not limited to any roads with drainage systems, municipal streets, gutters, curbs, inlets, piped storm drains, pumping facilities, retention and detention basins, natural and human-made or altered drainage channels, reservoirs, and other drainage structures.
Storm Water: Any surface flow, runoff, and drainage consisting entirely of water from any form of natural precipitation, and resulting from such precipitation.
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan: A document that describes the Best Management Practices and activities to be implemented by a person or business to identify sources of pollution or contamination at a site and the actions to eliminate or reduce pollutant discharges to stormwater, stormwater conveyance systems, and/or receiving waters to the maximum extent practicable.
Wastewater: means any water or other liquid, other than uncontaminated storm water, discharged from a facility.
This Chapter shall apply to all water entering the storm drain system generated on any developed or undeveloped lands unless explicitly exempted by an authorized enforcement agency.
10-2-4. Responsibility for Administration.
The authorized enforcement agency shall administer, implement, and enforce the provisions of this Chapter. Any powers granted or duties imposed upon the authorized enforcement agency may be delegated in writing by the City Administrator to persons or entities acting in the beneficial interest of or in the employ of the agency.
The provisions of this Chapter are hereby declared to be severable. If any provision, clause, sentence, or paragraph of this Chapter or the application thereof to any person, establishment, or circumstances shall be held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the other provisions or application of this Chapter.
10-2-6. Ultimate Responsibility.
The standards set forth herein and promulgated pursuant to this Chapter are minimum standards; therefore this Chapter does not intend or imply that compliance by any person will ensure that there will be no contamination, pollution, or unauthorized discharge of pollutants.
10-2-7. Discharge Prohibitions.
(a) Prohibition of Illegal Discharges.
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged into the municipal storm drain system or watercourses any materials, including but not limited to pollutants or waters containing any pollutants that cause or contribute to a violation of applicable water quality standards, other than storm water.
The commencement, conduct or continuance of any illegal discharge to the storm drain system is prohibited except as described as follows:
(1) The following discharges are exempt from discharge prohibitions established by this Chapter: water line flushing or other potable water sources, landscape irrigation or lawn watering, diverted stream flows, rising ground water, ground water infiltration to storm drains, uncontaminated pumped ground water, foundation or footing drains (not including active groundwater dewatering systems), crawl space pumps, air conditioning condensation, springs, noncommercial washing of vehicles, natural riparian habitat or wet-land flows, swimming pools (if dechlorinated to less than 0.1 PPM chlorine), fire fighting activities, and any other water source not containing pollutants, and the use of fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides for agricultural or landscaping purposes when applied for their intended purpose in accordance with label directions and with all applicable local, state and federal ordinances, laws and regulations.
(2) Discharges specified in writing by the authorized enforcement agency as being necessary to protect public health and safety.
(3) Dye testing is an allowable discharge, but requires a verbal notification to the authorized enforcement agency prior to the time of the test.
(4) The prohibition shall not apply to any non-storm water discharge permitted under an NPDES permit, waiver, or waste discharge order issued to the discharger and administered under the authority of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, provided that the discharger is in full compliance with all requirements of the permit, waiver, or order and other applicable laws and regulations, and provided that written approval has been granted for any discharge to the storm drain system.
(b) Prohibition of Illicit Connections
(1) The construction, use, maintenance or continued existence of illicit connections to the storm drain system is prohibited.
(2) This prohibition expressly includes, without limitation, illicit connections made in the past, regardless of whether the connection was permissible under law or practices applicable or prevailing at the time of the connection.
(3) A person is considered to be in violation of this Chapter if the person connects a line conveying sewage to the MS4, or allows such a connection to continue.
10-2-8. Suspension of MS4 Access.
(a) Suspension due to illicit discharges in emergency situations.
The City Council may, without prior notice, suspend MS4 discharge access to a person when such suspension is necessary to stop an actual or threatened discharge that presents or may present imminent and substantial danger to the environment, or to the health or welfare of persons, or to the MS4 or Waters of the United States. If the violator fails to comply with a suspension order issued in an emergency, the authorized enforcement agency may take such steps as it deems necessary to prevent or minimize damage to the MS4 or Waters of the United States, or to minimize danger to persons.
(b) Suspension due to the detection of illicit discharge.
Any person discharging to the MS4 in violation of this Chapter may have their MS4 access terminated if such termination would abate or reduce an illicit discharge. The authorized enforcement agency will notify a violator of the proposed termination of its MS4 access. The violator may petition the authorized enforcement agency for reconsideration and a hearing. A person commits an offense if the person reinstates MS4 access to premises terminated pursuant to this Section, without the prior approval of the authorized enforcement agency.
10-2-9. Industrial or Construction Activity Discharges.
Any person subject to an industrial or construction activity NPDES storm water discharge permit shall comply with all provisions of such permit. Proof of compliance with said permit may be required in a form acceptable to the City Council prior to the allowing of discharges to the MS4.
10-2-10. Monitoring of Discharges.
This section applies to all facilities that have storm water discharges associated with industrial activity, including construction activity.
(b) Access to Facilities.
(1) The authorized enforcement agency shall be permitted to enter and inspect facilities subject to regulation under this Chapter as often as may be necessary to determine compliance with this Chapter. If a discharger has security measures in force that require proper identification and clearance before entry into its premises, the discharger shall make the necessary arrangements to allow access to representatives of the authorized enforcement agency.
(2) Facility operators shall allow the authorized enforcement agency ready access to all parts of the premises for the purposes of inspection, sampling, examination and copying of records that must be kept under the conditions of an NPDES permit to discharge storm water, and the performance of any additional duties as defined by state and federal law.
(3) The authorized enforcement agency shall have the right to set up on any permitted facility such devises as are necessary in the opinion of the authorized enforcement agency to conduct monitoring and/or sampling of the facility's storm water discharge.
(4) The authorized enforcement agency has the right to require the discharger to install monitoring equipment as necessary. The facility's sampling and monitoring equipment shall be maintained at all times in a safe and proper operating condition by the discharger at its own expense. All devises used to measure stormwater flow and quality shall be calibrated to ensure their accuracy.
(5) Any temporary or permanent obstruction to safe and easy access to the facility to be inspected and/or sampled shall be promptly removed by the operator at the written or oral request of the authorized enforcement agency and shall not be replaced. The costs of clearing such access shall be borne by the operator.
(6) Unreasonable delays in allowing the authorized enforcement agency access to a permitted facility is a violation of a storm water discharge permit and of this Chapter. A person who is the operator of the facility with a NPDES permit to discharge storm water associated with industrial activity commits an offense if the person denies the authorized enforcement agency reasonable access to the permitted facility for the purpose of conducting any activity authorized or required by this Chapter.
(7) If the authorized enforcement agency has been refused access to any part of the premises from which stormwater is discharged, and the City is able to demonstrate probable cause to believe that there may be a violation of this Chapter, or that there is a need to inspect and/or sample as part of a routine inspection and sampling program designed to verify compliance with this Chapter or any order issued hereunder, or to protect the overall public health, safety and welfare of the community, then the authorized enforcement agency may seek issuance of a search warrant from any court of competent jurisdiction.
10-2-11. Requirement to prevent, control, and reduce storm water pollutants by the use of best management practices.
The City will adopt requirements identifying Best Management Practices (BMPs) of any activity, operation, or facility that may cause or contribute to pollution or contamination of storm water, the storm drain system, or waters of the U.S. The owner or operator of a commercial or industrial establishment shall provide, at their own expense, reasonable protection from accidental discharge of prohibited materials or other wastes into the municipal storm drain system or watercourses through the use of these structural and non-structural BMPs. Further, any person responsible for a property or premise that is, or may be, the source of an illicit discharge, may be required to implement, at said person's expense, additional structural and non-structural BMPs to prevent the further discharge of pollutants to the municipal separate storm sewer system. Compliance with all terms and conditions of a valid NPDES permit authorizing the discharge of storm water associated with industrial activity, to the extent practicable, shall be deemed compliant with the provisions of this section. These BMPs shall be part of a storm water pollution prevention plan (SWPP) as necessary for compliance with requirements of the NPDES permit.
10-2-12. Watercourse Protection.
Every person owning property through which a watercourse passes, or such person's lessee, shall keep and maintain that part of the watercourse within the property free of trash, debris, excessive vegetation, and other obstacles that would pollute, contaminate, or significantly retard the flow of water through the watercourse. In addition, the owner or lessee shall maintain existing privately owned structures within or adjacent to a watercourse, so that such structures will not become a hazard to the use, function, or physical integrity of the watercourse.
10-2-13. Notification of Spills.
Notwithstanding other requirements of law, as soon as any person responsible for a facility or operation, or responsible for emergency response for a facility or operation has information of any known or suspected release of materials that are resulting or may result in illegal discharges or pollutants discharging into storm water, the storm drain system, or water of the U.S. said person shall take all necessary steps to ensure the discovery, containment, and cleanup of such release. In the event of such a release of hazardous materials said person shall immediately notify emergency response agencies of the occurrence via emergency dispatch services. In the event of a release of non-hazardous materials, said person shall notify the authorized enforcement agency in person or by phone or facsimile no later than the next business day. Notifications in person or by phone shall be confirmed by written notice addressed and mailed to the City within three business days of the phone notice. If the discharge of prohibited materials emanates from a commercial or industrial establishment, the owner or operator of such establishment shall also retain an on-site written record of the discharge and the actions taken to prevent its recurrence. Such records shall be retained for at least three years.
(a) Notice of Violation
Whenever the City finds that a person has violated a prohibition or failed to meet a requirement of this Chapter, the authorized enforcement agency may order compliance by written notice of violation to the responsible person. Such notice may require without limitation:
(1) The performance of monitoring, analysis, and reporting;
(2) The elimination of illicit connections or discharges;
(3) That violating discharges, practices, or operations shall cease and desist;
(4) The abatement or remediation of storm water pollution or contamination hazards and the restoration of any affected property;
(5) The implementation of source control or treatment BMPs. If abatement of a violation and/or restoration of affected property is required, the notice shall set forth a deadline within which such remediation or restoration must be completed. Said notice shall further advise that, should the violator fail to remediate or restore within the established deadline, the work will be done by a designated governmental agency or a contractor and the expense thereof shall be charged to the violator.
(6) The notice shall state that the determination of violation may be appealed to the City Administrator by filing with the City Clerk a written notice of appeal within seven calendar days of service of the notice of violation.
10-2-15. Appeal of Notice of Violation.
Any person receiving a Notice of Violation may appeal the determination of the authorized
enforcement agency. The notice of appeal must be received by the City Clerk with seven calendar
days from the date of the Notice of Violation. Hearing on the appeal before the City Administrator
or the City Administrator's designee shall take place within seven calendar days from the date of
receipt of the notice of appeal. The decision of the City Administrator or City Administrator's
designee shall be final.
10-2-16. Enforcement Measures after Appeal.
If the violation had not been corrected pursuant to the requirements set forth in the Notice of Violation, or, in the event of an appeal, within 15 days of the decision of the municipal authority upholding the decision of the authorized enforcement agency, then representatives of the authorized enforcement agency shall enter upon the subject private property and are authorized to take any and all measures necessary to abate the violation and/or restore the property. It shall be unlawful for any person, owner, agent or person in possession of any premises to refuse to allow the government agency or designated contractor to enter upon the premises for the purposes set forth above.
10-2-17. Cost of Abatement of the Violation.
Within 30 days after abatement of the violation, the owner of the property will be notified of the cost of abatement, including administrative costs. If the amount due is not paid within a timely manner as determined by the decision of the municipal authority, the enforcement agency may levy the charges as a special assessment against the property, which assessments shall constitute a lien on the property for the amount of the assessment. Any person violating any of the provisions of this Chapter shall become liable to the City by reason of such violation.
10-2-18. Legal Action.
It shall be unlawful for any person to violate any provision or fail to comply with any of the requirements of this Chapter. If a person has violated and continues to violate the provisions of this Chapter, the authorized enforcement agency may petition for a preliminary or permanent injunction restraining the person from activities which would create further violations or compelling the person to perform abatement or remediation of the violation, or seek any other available remedy in law or equity.
10-2-19. Compensatory Action.
In lieu of enforcement proceedings, penalties, and remedies authorized by this Chapter, the authorized enforcement agency and violator may agree on alternative compensatory actions, such as storm drain stenciling, attendance at compliance workshops, creek cleanup, etc.
10-2-20. Violations deemed a Public Nuisance.
In addition to the enforcement processes and penalties provided, any condition caused or permitted to exist in violation of any of the provisions of this Chapter is a threat to public health, safety, and welfare, and is declared and deemed a nuisance, and may be summarily abated or restored at the violator's expense, and/or a civil action to abate, enjoin, or otherwise compel the cessation of such nuisance may be taken.
10-2-21. Criminal Prosecution.
Any person that has violated or continues to violate this Chapter shall be liable to criminal prosecution to the fullest extent of the law, and shall be subject to a criminal penalty in accordance with Section 1-4-1. The authorized enforcement agency may recover all attorneys' fees, court costs, and other expenses associated with enforcement of this Chapter, including sampling and monitoring expenses.
SECTION 2: This Chapter shall be effective the 19th day of May, 2009.
Adopted by the City Council of the City of Rosemount, Minnesota, the 19th day of May, 2009 .
William H. Droste, Mayor
Amy Domeier, City Clerk
Published this 29th day of May, 2009 in the Rosemount Town Pages.