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,
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
St. Clair County is made up of six major watersheds:
Watershed (St. Clair River, Black River & Lake Huron)
North Branch Clinton River
Contact us with water quality
questions or concerns. We welcome your comments!