Why are BMP’s required for new development?

Environmental regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency and Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality require that new developments use BMP’s to control the runoff rate, so that it is not more than before development began. This can be done using a variety of ways, from detention ponds to underground filtration units. Our ordinance also states the requirements and that new development must manage and control stormwater.

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1. What is Stormwater?
2. What is Non-point source pollution?
3. How do nutrients such as nitrogen get into stormwater?
4. Does stormwater get treated at the waste water treatment plant?
5. What is impervious surface?
6. Why do we need to manage stormwater runoff?
7. How is stormwater pollution managed?
8. Why are BMP’s required for new development?
9. What types of pollutants are found in the storm drain system?
10. How much are fees and how can I pay?
11. I need Help! Who do I call?