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National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

Proposed National Rulemaking to Strengthen the Stormwater Program

EPA is updating its stormwater strategy to focus on pursuing immediate actions to help communities address their stormwater challenges. The Agency has deferred action on a rulemaking to reduce stormwater discharges from newly developed and redeveloped sites and other regulatory changes to its stormwater program. Instead, EPA will be:

  • providing incentives, technical assistance, and tools to communities to encourage them to implement strong stormwater programs,  
  • leveraging existing requirements to strengthen municipal stormwater permits, and
  • continuing to promote green infrastructure as an integral part of stormwater management.

EPA believes this approach will achieve significant, measurable, and timely results in reducing stormwater pollution and provide significant climate resiliency benefits to communities.