Why is it Important to Manage Stormwater from Development Projects?
The recent review of Detroit's city municipal code revealed that Detroit does not currently require development projects to manage stormwater post-construction. Developed lands – such as roofs, parking lots and sidewalks – that do not allow rain water to infiltrate into the ground, contributes significantly to discharges into the sewer system, and requires development projects to manage this stormwater, is necessary to comply with its regulatory requirements under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits issued by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. An inter-departmental City technical advisory committee has been developing a new a post-construction stormwater ordinance for more than year to address this code deficiency.
How Can You Get Involved?
The City of Detroit has solicited input from a variety of stakeholders during this stormwater post-construction ordinance development process. The input process is still underway. Individuals and organizations interested in getting involved can participate in the upcoming outreach and input events regarding the new ordinance, as well as other municipal code updates being considered by the City to support green stormwater infrastructure.