Oldham County Stormwater

Oldham County MS4 Coordinator

MS4 Coordinator

The Oldham County Engineer has been designated as Oldham County’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Coordinator.  The primary responsibility of the MS4 Coordinator is to implement a Stormwater Quality Management Program.  This program is outlined in the Oldham County Stormwater Quality Management Plan.

  

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1) Report illegal discharges, spills, and dumping of pollutants into stormwater drains and ditches,

2) Report stormwater drainage and run-off issues,

3) Report construction site run-off issues.

Phone - (502) 222-1476

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  Mission

The Oldham County MS4 Coordinator implements an annual Stormwater Quality Management Program, which focuses primarily on reducing the amount of pollutants in discharges from municipal separate storm sewers and educating the public in order to improve the water quality of Oldham County’s creeks, streams, rivers, and watersheds.

The MS4 Coordinator accomplishes this mission through the following activities or Minimum Control Measures (MCM):

Public Education and Outreach (MCM-1)

The Oldham County Engineering Staff, and other agencies such as the Oldham County Conservation District, can provide educational opportunities for the public to learn how to minimize stormwater pollution and improve the water quality of Oldham County creeks, streams, rivers, and watersheds.  Specific educational opportunities focus on how water quality can be improved through:

     1) An understanding of how stormwater systems work,

     2) Knowledge of what erosion is and how to prevent and/or correct it,

     3) The proper application of pesticides and fertilizers,

     4) The proper disposal of paints, oils, and gasoline,

     5) The proper disposal of yard and tree clippings,

     6) The proper disposal of animal waste.

Please contact the Oldham County Engineer's Office if you would like to schedule a presentation to learn more about stormwater systems and how to minimize stormwater pollution.  We can present at schools (Kindergarten through College) and to Civic Groups.

Public Involvement/Participation (MCM-2)

The Oldham County Fiscal Court wants to partner with the public and community groups in an effort to minimize stormwater pollution and improve the water quality of Oldham County creeks, streams, rivers, and watersheds.  There are several ways we would like to involve the public in this effort:

1) Free Soil Testing.  Oldham County residents can receive a voucher for free soil testing.  Soil testing allows residents to know the type and quantity of fertilizer to put on farm lands, commercial property, and residential yards.  It also reduces over-application of unnecessary fertilizers which can pollute our stormwaters.  Please contact our partner in this endeavor, the Oldham County Conservation District to obtain a voucher.

2) Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event.  The Oldham County Solid Waste Coordinator schedules an annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection event in order to properly dispose of household waste.  Please see the Oldham County Solid Waste and Recycling page for more information.

3) Used Tires Collection Event.  The Oldham County Solid Waste Coordinator schedules an annual Used Tires Collection event in order to properly dispose of old tires.  Please see the Oldham County Solid Waste and Recycling page for more information.

4) Stormwater Management District Board meetings.  The Oldham County Stormwater Management District Board holds monthly meetings to manage the affairs of the District.  The Board encourages public participation in these meetings.  Meeting times, locations, agendas, and minutes can be found on the Stormwater Management District web page.

Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (MCM-3)

It is illegal to discharge, pour, or wash many substances into Oldham County's stormwater system.  Many of these substances include sewage, paints, oils, gasoline, soil, and household cleaners.  The Oldham County Engineer's Staff will investigate reports of illicit discharges into the stormwater system.  If you suspect one of these substances has been discharged, poured, or washed into Oldham County's stormwater system, please report it to our staff through the following contact information:

Report Illegal Discharges – Oldham County

Phone - (502) 222-1476

When reporting an illicit discharge, please provide us with your name, phone number, location of the discharge, and characteristics of the discharge (i.e., color, smell, thickness, etc.). 

For severe or urgent discharges, spills or releases, please contact Kentucky’s Environmental Emergency 24-hour hotline:

KY Environmental Emergency

(24-hour hotline)

Phone - (502) 564-2380

Phone - (800) 928-2380

 

Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control (MCM-4)

Contaminated stormwater run-off from residential, commercial, and industrial construction sites is one of the largest pollution sources of Oldham County's stormwater system.  To minimize contamination of stormwater run-off from these construction sites, the Oldham County Fiscal Court adopted the Construction Site Run-Off Control Ordinance.  This ordinance minimizes contamination of stormwater through several measures including, but not limited to:

1) Requiring people to apply for a Stormwater Quality Management and Erosion Control Permit and receive their permit before conducting land-disturbing activities,

2) Requiring the permittee to establish erosion control and sediment prevention (ECSP) measures,

3) Requiring a qualified professional to frequently inspect and maintain erosion and sediment controls,

4) Requiring these inspections to be documented on Oldham County's Stormwater Construction Inspection Report,

The Oldham County Engineering Office suggests that developers and engineers desiring to conduct land-disturbing activities for a future project site closely examine the Construction Site Run-Off Control Ordinance, Post Construction Stormwater Control Ordinance, and Stormwater Quality Management and Erosion Control Permit Application.  In addition, developers, engineers, and qualified professionals that plan, design, inspect, or maintain construction projects should familiarize themselves with the following guidance or best management practices (BMPs):

1) Kentucky Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Field Guide,

2) Kentucky Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Controlling Erosion, Sediment, and Pollution Runoff from Construction Sites (2009)

If anyone suspects a construction site is not in compliance with this ordinance, please report it to the Oldham County Engineering staff through the following contact information:

Report Construction Site Run-off

Oldham County

Phone - (502) 222-1476

When reporting, please provide us with your name, phone number, and project site location. 

 

Post Construction Stormwater Management (MCM-5)

To minimize contamination of stormwater run-off from post-construction development activities, the Oldham County Fiscal Court has adopted the Post Construction Stormwater Control Ordinance.  This ordinance minimizes contamination of stormwater through several measures including, but not limited to:

1) Requiring residential, commercial, and industrial construction projects to include Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs),

2) Requiring Stormwater BMPs to be designed to specific water quality treatment standards,

3) Requiring Owners of Stormwater Management Facilities to conduct routine inspections and maintenance.

The Oldham County Engineering Office recommends that designers and owners of stormwater BMPs closely examine the Post Construction Stormwater Control Ordinance.

 

Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations (MCM – 6)

Oldham County strives to reduce pollutant runoff from its own municipal operations through the development and implementation of The Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Program.