Updated MS4 General Permit to be Approved in January

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Trey Shanks

Environmental Scientist

The TCEQ is scheduled to approve the next five-year general permit (TXR040000) for Phase II (Small) MS4s on Jan. 16, 2019, and the permit will be issued a few days later. While the current five-year general permit is scheduled to expire Dec. 12, 2018, TCEQ has stated it will administratively extend the provisions of the current permit to provide continuous coverage until the effective date of the new permit. Regulated municipalities will have six months from the effective date of the renewed permit to develop and submit an updated Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) to TCEQ for review and approval. 

The revised permit will include several changes in requirements that affect Small MS4s across all operating levels. Key changes include:

  • Identification of clear, specific, and measurable annual goals
  • Development of standard operating procedures
  • Public notice and public reporting

Freese and Nichols is a full-service provider of Phase II MS4 program consulting services with more than 15 years of experience helping cities, counties, and other public entities meet EPA stormwater quality protection mandates. FNI can assist at various levels of involvement, from assistance with permit renewal to implementation of the SWMP. 

 A selection of services we provide is listed below:

Permit Coordination Assistance

  • MS4 permit reauthorization assistance 
  • Stormwater Management Program development
  • EPA, TCEQ coordination for permit renewal, inspections, compliance support
  • MS4 annual reporting to TCEQ
  • Data management systems for documentation and recordkeeping compliance assurance, integration with asset management and/or work order systems

Specific MS4 Program Activities

  • Storm system mapping inventory, condition assessment
  • Illicit discharge inspections
  • Stormwater ordinances for MS4 requirements
  • Construction site stormwater inspections
  • Standard operating procedures, checklists development
  • Public education and outreach – web sites, fact sheets, in-person engagements
  • Facility inspections for good housekeeping practices

For assistance, please feel free to reach out to any of our MS4 team leaders below:

Trey Shanks, 214-217-2221, Trey.Shanks@freese.com

Wylie Gorup, 214-217-2262, Wylie.Gorup@freese.com

Garrett Johnston, 512-617-3160, Garrett.Johnston@freese.com 

Ken Carper, 210-298-3871, Ken.Carper@freese.com

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Trey Shanks, CFM, IAM, leads Freese and Nichols’ Asset Management services. He is a Principal in our Fort Worth office.