When it rains and snow melts, stormwater flows over pavement and other surfaces, picking up pollutants such as debris, vehicle spills, animal waste, fertilizers, and chemicals. These pollutants are carried in runoff from the land surface, to storm sewers, and eventually to local rivers and streams without being treated.

How can stormwater be managed?

Effective stormwater management starts by controlling runoff at the source, at our homes and properties. This includes both source control efforts such as removing pet waste and reducing fertilizer use and implementing stormwater control measures to capture and treat runoff.

Stormwater Quality Program

The Town of Erie administers a municipal stormwater program in accordance with its Colorado Discharge Permit System MS4 permit. Program elements include: 

  • Education and outreach for our residents and businesses.
  • Illicit discharge detection and elimination.
  • Implement a construction sites program.
  • Post-construction water quality program.
  • Pollution prevention/good housekeeping for municipal operations.

The Town of Erie’s Program Description Document is available to the public for review and comment - email staff for a copy.

Report Concerns About Stormwater Pollution

Residents and visitors may help by reporting pollution entering storm drains and waterways here.

Stormwater Quality Permits

Construction sites that disturb greater than or equal to 1 acre or more, sites that are less than 1 acre that are part of a larger common plan of development, or are adjacent to a watercourse or wetland regardless of size are required to apply for a stormwater quality permit electronically through the Self-Service Portal

To terminate a Stormwater Quality Permit, complete the Stormwater Quality Permit Termination form.

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