MS4 Stormwater Program

The City of Pelham’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) is required, under the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), to eliminate the discharge of storm water pollutants from the MS4 to the maximum extent practicable.
The Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit requires eleven basic elements to be implemented:

  • Structural Controls
  • Public Education and Involvement Program
  • Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) Program
  • Construction Site Runoff Program
  • Post-Construction Site Runoff Program
  • Spill Prevention and Response
  • Municipal Operations Program
  • Pesticide, Herbicide, and Fertilizer Application Program
  • Oils, Toxics, and Household Hazardous Waste Control Program
  • Industrial / High-Risk Program
  • Monitoring Programs


In 1987, the EPA was required under Section 402 (p) of the Clean Water Act (40CFR Part 112.26) to establish final regulations governing storm water discharge permit application requirements. The NPDES program is permitted through the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and the permit requirements are issued and inspected by ADEM.

In 1996, the first five-year permit (NPDES Permit No. ALS000003) was issued to Shelby County and its eight additional Co-Permittees, which included the City of Pelham. Until recently, the City has operated as a Co-Permittee under an administratively extended permit by ADEM.

In 2015, ADEM issued new, individual permits to Shelby County and the Co-Permittees that were once under the same permit. As of November 2015, ADEM issued individual NPDES Permit No. ALS000009 to the City of Pelham.

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Construction and Post-Construction:

General Educational Materials:

Emergencies or Problems:

Call (205) 620-6416 between the hours of 7:00 A.M.- 3:30 P.M
After normal business hours may be reported to the Pelham Police Department at (205) 620-6550
Request for Action Form for Stormwater Runoff related activities