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Storm water runoff from construction sites can negatively impact the environment if proper measures are not in place for adequate discharge. As storm events occur, water has the potential to pick up pollutants and debris before draining into waterways affecting aquatic life and wildlife.
Storm water discharges from construction activities that disturb one or more acres are regulated under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). Within the reservation boundaries, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the permitting authority and a NPDES permit must be obtained prior to activities. Construction sites receive periodic inspections to ensure best management practices (BMPs) are being used.
In the fall of 2006 the KBIC entered into a Direct Implementation Tribal Cooperative Agreement (DITCA) with the EPA regarding Storm Water discharges from construction activities. In the fall of 2010 the DITCA was absorbed and made part of the EPA 106 Program and will be continued indefinitely. Through this agreement, two NRD employees have received training and are federally credentialed stormwater inspectors. Inspectors are certified to inspect construction activities and provide compliance assistance on the reservation.
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