Storm Water Program

Visit the St. Clair County Storm Water Program at their website.

St. Clair County’s water resources are one of the most important assets to our community. Creeks, streams, drains, and ditches stretch across St. Clair County and carry water to the Black River, Pine River, Belle River, Clinton River, St. Clair River, Lake Huron and Anchor Bay. Protection of these water resources is essential to quality of life especially as the county’s population continues to grow. Development of land and the resulting increase in quantity and velocity of storm water can have degrading affects on water resources if measures are not taken to protect them.

Storm Water Permit
In 2003 the United States Environmental Protection Agency implemented the Phase II Storm Water Rule which require certain communities to regulate point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the state. Individual homes do not need a permit; however, industrial, municipal, and other facilities must obtain permits if their discharges go directly to surface waters.

The Health Department is the lead applicant on this permit for St. Clair County and is covered under the State of MI Separated Storm Sewer System (MS4’s) General Storm Water Permit and the Federal Phase II National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System storm water permit program.

Communities needing a Storm Water Permit in St. Clair County:
Anchor Bay Watershed – Algonac, Ira Twp, Clay Twp

Northeastern Watershed – Clyde Twp, East China Twp, Fort Gratiot Twp, Kimball Twp, Marine City, Marysville, Port Huron, Port Huron Twp, St. Clair

Watershed Planning
A fundamental concept of watershed protection is cooperation across political jurisdictions in protection of land and water resources to achieve water quality goals. There is a growing emphasis in St. Clair County to manage our surface waters on a watershed basis; this shift in approach is referred to as Watershed Management and recognizes that working with the natural structure and function of resources will provide more successful results, as opposed to strictly political boundaries.

St. Clair County is made up of six major watersheds:
Anchor Bay
Northeastern Watershed (St. Clair River, Black River & Lake Huron)
North Branch Clinton River
Belle River
Pine River
Mill Creek

Contact us with water quality questions or concerns. We welcome your comments!