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City takes action to prevent polluted runoff
By Chris Barnes, Assistant City Engineer
Released/Published: Dec 25, 2009

Late last year, City Council adopted a storm water management program in compliance with requirements of the EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (Phase II) Storm Water Program. The goal of this effort was to consolidate and update many existing storm water related ordinances that address both storm water quality management and storm water quantity management for development projects in the City.

These ordinances are important because they address illegal and dangerous pollutant discharges into the City’s storm water drainage system.  This regulation of discharge is the first step toward the reduction or elimination of polluted runoff from local businesses and factories, and prevents harmful runoff from entering local water bodies such as the Nimishillen Creek.

Also adopted by City Council was a “City of Canton Storm Water Management Manual,” which provides additional applicability, policy, engineering standards, design criteria, requirements, and recommendations for various storm water drainage applications

The maintenance of clean waterways is a top priority of the Canton City Engineering Department, for doing so is essential to protecting our local groundwater supply and preserving the water habitats located both in the City and downstream throughout the Nimishillen watershed.

For more information about the conservation efforts of the Canton City Engineering Department, visit or call (330) 489-3381.

Contact Information: Chris Barnes - (330) 489-3381

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