The Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit is a permit administered by the Maryland Department for the Environment (MDE) in order to carry out the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program implemented by the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA). The NPDES program aims to restore and protect the US waterways. In order to meet these requirements, MDE issues MS4 permits with the aim to reduce and eliminate pollution as a result of rainfall runoff.
Frederick County is in its fourth generation of the NPDES MS4 permit since its issuance in 1997, and continues to implement the requirements detailed in the permit. Some of these requirements include:
Stormwater Management Program: a program aimed at installing, maintaining, and tracking all stormwater best management practices around the county.
Erosion and Sediment Control Program: a control program aimed limiting pollution associated with construction activities; overseen by the County's Environmental Compliance Section