Clean Water Is Important To All of Us
In recent years sources of water pollution like industrial wastes from
factories have been greatly reduced. Now, more than 60% of water pollution comes from everyday behaviors around our homes and businesses. Things like oil leaking cars, fertilizers and pet waste contribute to water pollution. All these sources add up to a large pollution problem. Each of us can do small things to help clean up our water - which adds up to a pollution solution!
Why Do We Need Clean Water?
Having clean water is of primary importance for our health and economy. Clean water provides recreation, commercial opportunities, fish habitat, drinking water and adds beauty to our beautiful Colorado landscape. All of us benefit from clean water - and all of us have a role in cleaning and maintaining our lakes, rivers and other waterways.
Loveland Residents, you can help!
Ordinary tasks like washing your car, changing oil, or taking your pet for a walk can affect our local waterways. There are many simple things we can do to help improve water quality here in Loveland.
Other Ways to Help
Your everyday behavior can actually have a very large impact on the water quality in and around the City of Loveland. By taking simple steps around your home or business, you can help eliminate pollution traveling into storm drains which lead to our streams, lakes and rivers untreated.
Stormwater, or polluted runoff, occurs when rain and melting snow pick up pollution from streets, parking lots, yards, farm fields, construction sites and wash into our waterways. Some of these pollutants are extremely toxic chemicals like motor oil, antifreeze and pesticides. Others carry high levels of germs that cause disease like pet waste, organic fertilizers and livestock manure.
Overuse of fertilizer and pesticides, poor automobile maintenance, and littering can all be prevented.
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer General Permit
Program PerspectiveThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated the City of Loveland a Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Community. As such, the City of Loveland is required to apply for a Stormwater General Permit. Under this Permit, the City of Loveland is required to implement programs, which are designed to reduce the amount of pollutants entering streams, lakes, and rivers as a result of runoff from residential, commercial and industrial areas. Because the EPA delegated the permitting to the State of Colorado, Loveland’s Permit Application and any associated reporting is submitted to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Water Quality Control Division.
Stormwater General Permit
As an operator of a Phase II Regulated Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4), the City of Loveland is required by the State of Colorado to submit a general permit to discharge Stormwater and to implement the programs listed for each of the following six stormwater management programs or minimum control measures.
- Public Education & Outreach On Stormwater Impacts
- Public Participation/Involvement
- Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination
- Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control
- Post-Construction Stormwater Management
- Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations
A Program Description Document (PDD) is available to the public for review and comment.
Although the City of Loveland need only implement each of the programs within the urbanized area the permit application is written to cover the entire City of Loveland as illustrated on the Location Map. Location Program Coverage - Permit Map [PDF]
Please contact Joe Chaplin, Stormwater Quality Specialist at