October 2000 to Today

In October 2000, the Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA), authorized the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to implement the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permitting program.  The NPDES stormwater program regulates point source discharges of stormwater into surface waters of the State of Florida from certain municipal, industrial and construction activities. The Florida DEP is responsible for issuing, managing and reviewing permit applications, and performing compliance and enforcement.

Florida implemented the industrial NPDES program to protect the states surface water quality by reducing pollutants in stormwater runoff from industrial and commercial facilities. 

Why is it so important for the industrial community within the state of Florida to proactively control and maintain quality stormwater runoff?

Florida is one of the top states in the nation for natural springs. With this abundance of waterways, thirty percent of the nation’s water-quality data comes from Florida and that doubles the next highest state.  The residents and visitors of Florida rely on the springs to maintain a healthy state because they provide fresh drinking water and are used for swimming and other recreational activities.

The state of Florida has approximately 800 thousand business entities.  During the past several years, Florida surpassed other states in several key metrics such as becoming ranked 4th in average growth and 5th in business climate in the United States. 

Florida is benefiting from today’s economic pressures for the necessity of hybrid work experiences and now people are flocking to the sunshine state like never before. Along with Florida having some of the best climate, businesses are seeking relocation to the state as well.  This migration will continue to put a strain on growth of the local infrastructure growth which directly impacts the greater need for industrial businesses to require stormwater management and support.

Call KCI to learn more about industrial stormwater compliance and the various industrial types expected to apply for a NPDES program. Contact us at  888-346-7779.

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