NPDES Permit Information
The City of Daytona Beach Shores is an active participant and permit holder for the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). The NPDES section of the EPA website provides essential information including the following overview:
Water pollution degrades surface waters making them unsafe for drinking, fishing, swimming, and other activities. As Authorized by the Clean Water Act, the National Pollutant Discharge System (NPDES) permit program controls water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants into the waters of the United States. Point sources are discrete conveyances such as pipes or man-made ditches. Individual homes that are connected to a municipal system, use a septic system, or do not have a surface discharge do not need an NPDES permit; however, industrial, municipal, and other facilities must obtain permits if their discharges go directly to surface waters. In most cases, the NPDES permit program is administered by authorized states. Since its introduction in 1972, the NPDES permit program is responsible for significant improvements to our nation's water quality.
Ordinance Prohibiting Illicit Discharges
The City of Daytona Beach Shores adopted Ordinance 2010-21, which prohibits the release of pollutants into storm drainage systems or waterways, protecting the quality of the Atlantic Ocean, the Halifax River, and other local waters.
The City's storm drainage system is designed to route stormwater into local waterways. Any discharge into a storm drainage system or waterway that is not composed solely of stormwater is an illicit discharge. Our Community Services Department regulates illicit discharges and has the authority to pursue enforcement for violations. Activities such as firefighting, irrigation, and residential car washing are not considered illicit discharges.
Field Program to Detect & Address Illicit Discharges
The City has developed a program for the detection and elimination of illicit discharges. This program includes field inspection of grease traps, inlets, and gutters along with the identification of any illicit discharges observed.
Reporting an Illicit Discharge
Please report illicit discharges by filling out the Illicit Discharge Reporting Form or by contacting the Community Services Department at 386-763-5377.
How to Help
In addition to reporting illicit discharges, help protect Florida waters by doing the following:
- Properly maintain septic systems and grease traps
- Avoid blowing yard clippings into roadways
- Do not drain or dump anything into swales, inlets, roadways, or natural bodies of water
- Keep irrigation water on lawn/garden areas only
- Participate in the annual Halifax River Cleanup
- Safely store and avoid spillage of chemicals and toxic products
- Service vehicles regularly
- Use garden/lawn chemicals wisely
You can also help by participating in the Annual International Coastal & Halifax Clean Up. For more information visit: International Coastal & Halifax/Indian River Cleanup (volusia.org)
Brochures and Publications
- A Guide to Florida-Friendly Landscaping
- Make Your Home the Solution to Stormwater Pollution Brochure (epa.gov)
- 10 Things You Can Do to Prevent Stormwater Pollution (PDF)
- Pointless Personal Pollution (PDF)
- Save the Swales (PDF)
For more information please call Community Services Director Stewart Cruz at 386-763-5361.