Recommended Resources for Storm Water Pollution Prevention

The following is a list of resources that are recommended for developing and implementing your MS4 stormwater program.  A "*" prior to an entry indicates a resource that is found to be particularly useful. 

The Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) in Grand Forks teamed with major stakeholders in the Red River Basin to develop the Red River Water Management Consortium (RRWMC) of which the Red River Valley Storm Water Work Group is a major part.  This group began drafting the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Programs for all of the MS4 urbanized areas within the Red River Valley over a year ago. At this time they have an extensive working menu of best management practices, measurable goals, possible partnerships, and implementation schedules for all six of the required minimum control measures.  If you would like their assistance in developing a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program for your MS4, please contact Kirk Williams at the EERC by phone at (701) 777-5238 or by email at

1         EPA

1.1        *EPA Stormwater Phase II 

A very useful web page with a lot of information and good FAQ's.  Resources available include: 

1.                     14 fact sheets covering the Small MS4 Program, the Six Minimum Measures, Permitting and Reporting, the Construction Program, and the Industrial "No Exposure" Waiver. Available from the net at

2.                     A copy of the EPA regulation is available from the net at

More information can be obtained by calling EPA's Storm Water Phase II Rule Hotline at (202) 260-5816, or by sending an e-mail to


2         General BMP's

2.1        *Center for Watershed Protection

The center provides objective and scientifically sound information on effective techniques to protect and restore urban watersheds. Workshops, journals, publications and links are available. There is a strong focus on Low Impact Development. Also a good section on model ordinances and several quality reference books.

        8391 Main Street

Ellicott City, MD 21043-4605

Phone: (410) 461-8323

        *Storm Water Managers Resources

Some recommended publications (visit their web page for more information):

        Rapid Watershed Planning Handbook

-Guide to creating an effective watershed plan quickly and at a low cost.

        Better Site Design: A Handbook for Changing Development Rules in Your Community -This handbook outlines 22 guidelines for better developments and provides detailed rationale for each principal. Includes a sample Codes & Ordinances Worksheet.

2.2        Know Your Watershed 

Tips, tools, and resources for watershed management. Sponsored by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) at Purdue University. Available publications include a Local Ordinance Manual and an Urban Stream Restoration Field Manual.  


 2.3   National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) Stormwater Strategies

Report available for download from the net on community responses to runoff pollution, including 100 case studies. 

        *A publication called "Stormwater Strategies-Community Responses to Runoff Pollution" is available at:

2.4        National Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Database (EPA/ASCE, Version 1.0, 6/99)

Database of monitoring results showing effectiveness of structural and nonstructural BMP's. Currently, the database and website include some analysis of the data; this will be added to in the future. Data contributions are being solicited. Available as CD-ROM, or on the web at

        Call Jane Clary or Jonathan Kelly at Wright Water Engineers, Inc., (303) 480-1700, or email at for a copy of the CD-ROM and user's guide (free).

2.5        *Proceedings from the National Conference on Tools for Urban Water Resources Management Protection (EPA/625/R-00/001 2/2000)

Proceedings from a conference with several quality papers on topics such as Phase II cost estimates, developing a stormwater utility fee, tools for eliminating illicit connections, public information projects, and many more directly applicable to Phase II and the six minimum measures. Highly recommended.

        Copies in either paper or CD-ROM are available from the EPA; call (800) 490-9198 or visit the web site at

2.6        Stormwater News

A good source of technical information on stormwater includes a large library of technical papers.

2.7        *Texas Non-point Source Book

A web site with stormwater information geared to public works professional and other interested parties. A great resource for stormwater BMP information.

2.8        *Urban Drainage and Flood Control District (UDFCD) Drainage Criteria Manual (V.3)

UDFCD manual for stormwater management. Updated in 2001. This is a stormwater BMP manual developed for the Denver metro area. Includes regional, residential, industrial, commercial, and construction BMP's. Highly recommended.

        Manual and accompanying CD are available at the address/phone or website below:

Urban Drainage and Flood Control District

2480 W. 26th Ave., Ste. 156-B

Denver, CO 80211

Phone: (303) 455-6277

2.9        *EPA's BMP Manual  

EPA has developed BMP's for small MS4's and has them available on their website.  Extremely Good Resource.


3         General Phase II Program Guidance

See also:

        Item 2.5. - These proceedings include papers on administering and funding storm water programs.

        Item 2.7. - The Non-point Source Book contains guidance on program planning and implementation

3.1        California Model Urban Runoff Program (MURP)

A how-to guide for developing urban runoff programs for small municipalities.  Developed by the City of Monterey, CA.

        Available for free on the internet at

or a hard copy for purchase from:

Copy King

MURP Order

498 Calle Principal

Monterey, CA 93940

(831) 373-1251

3.2        *Designing and Implementing an Effective Storm Water Management Program (APWA)

110 page manual with good information for getting your Phase II program started. A CD-ROM is also available with the complete Phase II regulation, the EPA BMP database (Item 2.4.) and case studies, and other ancillary information. Also available is a Storm Water Facilitators Guide with step by step instructions for an APWA chapter or agency to conduct its own stormwater workshop, and videotape of the 2/15/2000 APWA videoconference with the EPA.

        For questions about content call (816) 472-6100 ext.3582.  Questions about ordering the following items, call (816) 472-6100 x3560

Videotape of Teleconference

Stormwater Manual for Phase II Programs w/ CD

Stormwater Facilitators Guide

3.3        Tools for the Six Minimum Measures

See also:

        Item 1.1. - The EPA has developed Fact Sheets on each of the six Minimum Measures.

3.4        Public Education & Outreach

See also:

        Item 2.1. - The Center for Watershed Protection includes education & outreach in their watershed planning publications.

        Item 2.5. - These proceedings include several papers covering successful education & outreach efforts.

        Item 2.6. - The "Library" section of this site contains several articles on education.

        Item 2.7. - The Non-point Source Book contains guidance on planning and implementing education and outreach programs and examples of materials available for use.

        Item 3.1. - The MURP covers public education.

3.4.1       League of Women Voters Education Fund - Water Resources

Information regarding educational programs and resources offered through the League of Women Voters, including the Wetlands Citizen Education Program. The League of Women Voters is very active in stormwater education in Colorado.

3.5        Public Involvement/Participation


        Item 2.5. - These proceedings include papers covering successful public involvement programs.

        Item 3.2. - This manual includes guidance on building community support with stakeholder involvement.

3.6        Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination

See also:

        Item 2.5. - These proceedings include papers covering illicit discharge detection tools and programs.

3.6.1       Investigation of Inappropriate Pollutant Entries into Storm Drainage Systems - A User's Guide (EPA/600/R-92/238)

EPA manual released in 1992 on Illicit Discharge Detection.


        Available from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS Order Number: PB93-131472INZ) Order online at or call 1-800-553-6847.

3.6.2       Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project - Illicit Connection Report
Free downloadable report on illicit connections.

3.7        Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control

See also:

        Items 2.4., 2.5., 2.6., 2.7., and 2.8. - All of these have good BMP information for construction site controls. The UDFCD Volume 3 (Item 2.8.) is highly recommended as a resource for construction site BMP's.

        Item 2.5. and 2.7. - Both of these contain guidance on setting up Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control programs.

3.7.1       Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Erosion Control and Stormwater Quality Guide

A guide for controlling stormwater pollution from construction sites. The focus is on highway projects, but the BMP's are generally applicable. A laminated pocket guide is also available.

        Contact CDOT, (303) 757-9313.

3.7.2       International Erosion Control Association

Their web site provides information regarding news, conferences, training and exhibits regarding erosion control, as well as links to other sites. They also publish a journal called Erosion Control.

3.7.3       *Rocky Mountain Education Center - Stormwater Management and Erosion Control Course

Offer courses on the principles and practices of erosion and sediment control. Recommended for municipal erosion control inspectors and those practicing erosion control in the field.  This course is required for the CDOT certified erosion control supervisor certification. Course is given at Red Rocks Community College.

        Contact the Rocky Mountain Education Center at (800) 933-8394.

3.7.4       *Colorado Contractors Association (CCA) - Stormwater Best Management Practices Course

Course material similar to Item 4.4.3 but without the CDOT certification.

        Contact the CCA at (303) 290-6111

3.8        Post Construction Stormwater Management

See also:

        Item 2.1. - The Center for Watershed Protection has extensive information on BMP's for post construction runoff controls, as well as guidance on how to develop your municipal program. This is a highly recommended source for information on this minimum measure.                                           

        Item 2.4. - Although not complete, the database does not contain some data on the effectiveness of post construction BMP's.

        Item 2.5. - These proceedings include papers on Post Construction Stormwater Management practices and programs.

        Item 2.8. - The UDFCD Volume 3 are highly recommended a resource post construction BMP's.

3.8.1       Low Impact Development manuals (Prince George County, Maryland Department of Environmental Resources, Programs and Planning Division, EPA 841-B-00-003 and EPA 841-B-00-002, 1/2000)

Two technical manuals on Low Impact Development (LID).

Low Impact Developmental, an Integrated Design Approach (EPA 841-B-00-003) was prepared by local planners, engineers, developers, and officials. This document details how to develop and implement LID methods from an integrated design perspective.

Low Impact Development Hydrologic Analysis (EPA 841-B-00-0002) is the companion document to the LID design manual. This document contains methodology that can be used to estimate changes in site hydrology due to new development, and also to design appropriate treatment systems to maintain pre-development hydrology of the site.

        Copies available from the EPA; call (800) 490-9198, or visit the web site at

3.9        Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations


        Items 2.4., 2.5., 2.6., 2.7., and 2.8. - All of these have good information on BMP's for municipal operations. The UDFCD volume 3 (Item 2.8.) is highly recommended as a resource for structural municipal BMP's.


4         *Permits(Small Construction & Small MS4) 

EPA has copies of the Small MS4 permit and Small construction permit on a their website.


5     Funding Options
 EPA has suggestions for funding nonpoint source programs at their website below:


If you have questions call the Division of Water Quality office at 701.328.5210

Last Updated: 01/26/2015