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The City of Rainbow City is required by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) to comply with the General Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit No. ALR040056. One of the conditions of the permit is to develop, implement, and enforce a Storm Water Management Program (SWMP).
The SWMP must be designed to reduce the discharge of pollutants from our MS4 to the maximum extent practicable (MEP) to protect the water quality and to satisfy the appropriate water quality requirements of the Clean Water Act. The City of Rainbow City entered into a cooperative agreement with the City of Gadsden, the City of Hokes Bluff, the City of Glencoe, the City of Attalla, the City of Southside, and Etowah County to develop an overall SWMP for each entity to implement as required to comply with the permit referenced above.
An MS4 is defined by the EPA as a conveyance or system of conveyances that is owned by a state, city, town, village, or other public entity that discharges to waters of the U.S.; designed or used to collect or convey stormwater (including storm drains, pipes, ditches, etc.); not a combined sewer; and not part of a Publicly Owned Treatment Works (sewage treatment plant).
Public Education and Outreach
The City’s goal is to have a comprehensive and effective public education and outreach program, the intent of which is to:
- Generate awareness of storm water pollution prevention by educating people about the storm drain system and its relationship to the health of local waterways.
- Change behavior patterns through education and encouragement of active participation in water pollution prevention.
- Inform the public of steps they can take to reduce pollutants in storm water runoff.
Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
Construction Site Storm Water Runoff
Post-Construction Storm Water Management
Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations
For questions about the City of Rainbow City Storm-water Management Program and its implementation or to report a non-compliant construction site, illicit discharge (including spills or illegal dumping), impaired waterways, or any possible violation of ordinances relating to stormwater pollution please contact the Rainbow City & Utilities Board Engineering Department at 256-413-1230.
If immediate assistance is required outside of the normal operating hours of City Hall which is Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, please call the Rainbow City Dispatch Office available 24/7 at 256-442-2511.
City Engineer / Street Superintendent
Download pdf files
Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination Complaint Form
Rainbow City 2021-2022 Annual Report
Site Plan Review – SOP
Construction Inspection – SOP
Revisions to the Storm Water Management Program – 2014
Rainbow City Storm Water System Map – Doc 10
NPDES Permit ALR040056