MS4 Permit Compliance Services

Wheeler & Gray is providing services to California State University (CSU) campuses throughout California and to the Chancellor’s Office to assist with compliance with the new Phase II Municipal General Permit for Storm Water Discharges. Twenty-one CSU campuses are designated as “non-traditional” municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) operators and were required to file for coverage under the permit by submitting Notices of Intent by July 1, 2013.

Applications for permit coverage included mapping of MS4 jurisdictional boundaries, guidance documents that describe the MS4s proposed storm water programs and the State Water Resources permit fee. Wheeler & Gray worked with each campus to prepare the jurisdictional map using existing campus base maps and available aerial photos. The guidance document was completed in consultation with campus project management and facilities management staff.

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Wheeler & Gray will also provide services to assist with succeeding years compliance through year 5 of the permit. During these periods the campuses are required to identify public outreach and education alternatives to be implemented in following permit years, develop post-construction best management practices and programs, write contract language and construction specifications to ensure that campus construction projects are in compliance with the state’s Construction General Permit for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Construction Activities, certify legal authority to implement the requirements of the Phase II MS4 permit through the term of the permit, implement inspection and maintenance procedures for campus operations and complete checklists for various storm water monitoring requirements. Wheeler & Gray will be involved in many of these activities.