Stormwater is a significant source of pollution to our watersheds.
The NRS Stormwater program works with communities to reduce non-point source (NPS) pollution, meet MS4 Phase II requirements, and educate the public on NPS issues. Since 2003 NRS has secured funding to work with local communities in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties to develop strategies to meet their stormwater goals. These programs have included, but are not limited to, the installation of stormwater controls, NPS water quality testing, Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination training, Low Impact Development (LID) training and outreach, NPS education and outreach, and NPS Best Management Practices (BMPs) training to federal, county and city staff. NRS is an active member and supporter of the North Coast Stormwater Coalition (www.northcoaststormwatercoalition.org). NRS has assisted the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board with TMDL compliance planning in both the Mad River and Elk River watersheds.
North Coast Stormwater Coalition’s Low Impact Development (LID) Pilot Project is an RCAA led project to promote the understanding and use of LID along the Northcoast.
The NPS Pollution Prevention Program represented a multi-year strategy to reduce the discharge of pollutants from runoff, sediment sources, and municipal storm drain systems of the Cities of Arcata